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Impersonals with ser ('to be') and the dominion of effective control
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.
2014 (English)In: Language sciences (Oxford), ISSN 0388-0001, E-ISSN 1873-5746, Vol. 41, 143-152 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present paper analyses the semantic meaning of the subjunctive mood in complements of deontic and evaluative impersonal expressions. From the perspective of Cognitive Grammar, it is argued that the meaning of the subjunctive mood is to designate events that are located outside the conceptualizer’s dominion, whereas the impersonal expression puts focus on the relevant dominion, i.e. the dominion of effective control. Thus, the analysis shows that there is a conceptual relation between the conceptual content of the impersonal expression, on the one hand, and occurrence of the subjunctive mood, on the other hand. An additional analysis concerns the occurrence and the meaning of the inflected infinitive in contexts that imply a low degree of effective control.

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2014. Vol. 41, 143-152 p.
Keyword [en]
Cognitive Grammar, Conceptualizer, Dominion, Subjunctive mood
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-96148DOI: 10.1016/j.langsci.2013.08.014ISI: 000330085200002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-96148DiVA: diva2:663435
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Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
Available from: 2013-11-11 Created: 2013-11-11 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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