Towards a unified account of the Spanish subjunctive mood: Epistemic dominion and dominion of effective control
2013 (English)In: Lingua, ISSN 0024-3841, E-ISSN 1872-6135, Vol. 131, 179-198 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The present study analyses the semantics of the Spanish subjunctive mood from a Cognitive Grammar perspective. The proposed hypothesis is that the subjunctive mood designates events that are located outside the conceptualiser’s dominion in two alternate ways. In accordance with Maldonado (1995), the subjunctive mood is claimed to designate events that are located outside the conceptualiser’s epistemic dominion. However, the present paper goes one step further, extending the notion of dominion to also include the conceptualiser’s effective control over the event described by the subjunctive mood. A qualitative analysis of the occurrence of the subjunctive mood in a number of grammatical contexts corroborates the initial claim that the semantics of the subjunctive mood is related to the notion of dominion.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 131, 179-198 p.
Cognitive grammar, Conceptualiser, Dominion, Spanish, Subjunctive
Research subject Linguistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-90166DOI: 10.1016/j.lingua.2013.03.001ISI: 000320291600009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-90166DiVA: diva2:623400
FunderKnut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation