Relevance, assertion and possible worlds: a cognitive approach to the Spanish subjunctive

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/41616
Title:
Relevance, assertion and possible worlds: a cognitive approach to the Spanish subjunctive
Authors:
Jary, Mark
Abstract:
This paper puts forward an analysis of the indicative/subjunctive contrast in Spanish, according to which the difference between the two moods is explained in terms of the former, but not the latter, being apt for the presentation of propositions as premises to be used in the derivation of implicatures. In terms of the theoretical framework employed—Sperber & Wilson’s Relevance Theory—this amounts to the claim that the indicative is characterised by the ability to present a proposition as relevant in its own right. This proposal is shown to account for the presence of the subjunctive in a wide range of linguistic environments, and to explain its sensitivity to information-structure concerns, thereby shedding light on both its truth-conditional and non-truth-conditional contribution to utterance interpretation.
Citation:
Jary, M. (forthcoming). Relevance, assertion and possible worlds: A cognitive approach to the Spanish subjunctive. In: Utterance interpretation and cognitive models. (P. De Brabanter and M. Kissine, eds.), pp. Emerald Group Publishing, Bingley.
Publisher:
Emerald Group Publishing
Issue Date:
2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/41616
Type:
Article; Book chapter
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Department of Media, Culture and Language Collection

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dc.contributor.authorJary, Mark-
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dc.identifier.citationJary, M. (forthcoming). Relevance, assertion and possible worlds: A cognitive approach to the Spanish subjunctive. In: Utterance interpretation and cognitive models. (P. De Brabanter and M. Kissine, eds.), pp. Emerald Group Publishing, Bingley.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/41616-
dc.description.abstractThis paper puts forward an analysis of the indicative/subjunctive contrast in Spanish, according to which the difference between the two moods is explained in terms of the former, but not the latter, being apt for the presentation of propositions as premises to be used in the derivation of implicatures. In terms of the theoretical framework employed—Sperber & Wilson’s Relevance Theory—this amounts to the claim that the indicative is characterised by the ability to present a proposition as relevant in its own right. This proposal is shown to account for the presence of the subjunctive in a wide range of linguistic environments, and to explain its sensitivity to information-structure concerns, thereby shedding light on both its truth-conditional and non-truth-conditional contribution to utterance interpretation.en
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dc.publisherEmerald Group Publishingen
dc.subjectSpanishen
dc.subjectmooden
dc.subjectindicativeen
dc.subjectsubjunctiveen
dc.subjectRelevance Theoryen
dc.subjectformal semanticsen
dc.subjectpossible worldsen
dc.subjectStalnakeren
dc.subjectassertionen
dc.titleRelevance, assertion and possible worlds: a cognitive approach to the Spanish subjunctiveen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.typeBook chapteren
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