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Control and dominion: Factivity and mood choice in Spanish
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.
2012 (English)In: Language and Cognition, ISSN 1866-9808, E-ISSN 1866-9859, Vol. 4, no 1, 43-64 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The present paper analyses the meaning of Spanish mood in factive contexts from a Cognitive Grammar perspective. It is argued that terms like assertion and presupposition do not explain the semantics of the subjunctive. Rather, they constitute an initial classification for finding a conceptually grounded explanation for it. The hypothesis is put forward that mood choice in factive contexts can be explained by the elaboration of Maldonado’s (1995) notions of dominion and control. The conceptualizer has a low degree of effective control over the described event in presupposed contexts where the subjunctive mood occurs. On the other hand, presupposed contexts with the verb in the indicative mood equates with epistemic control over the described event. Thus, it is argued that the meaning of the subjunctive mood is related to the conceptualizer’s epistemic dominion, on the one hand, and to the dominion of effective control, on the other. An additional analysis of the subjunctive mood in volitional, causative and perceptual contexts corroborates the initial claim.

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2012. Vol. 4, no 1, 43-64 p.
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assertion, cognitive grammar, control, dominion, non-assertion, presupposition
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-76855DOI: 10.1515/langcog-2012-0003OAI: diva2:527560
Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
Available from: 2012-05-21 Created: 2012-05-21 Last updated: 2016-09-06Bibliographically approved

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