Jan Nuyts (University of Antwerp), On the relations between evidentiality and modality

Réalisation : 11 juin 2021 Mise en ligne : 11 juin 2021
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This talk focuses on whether or not the domains of evidentiality and modality relate, and if so, how they relate. The literature does not give a simple answer to this question, mainly because evidentiality and modality are both cover-terms for distinct categories, and the categories within each of the two domains are conceptually quite divergent. In line with what I suggested in earlier work, I will argue that some modal and evidential categories are more closely related with each other than they are with some of the other categories in their own domains. This means by implication that the traditional division between the domains of modality and evidentiality dissolves and that the semantic territory covered by them is re-parcelled.


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