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Title
Competing modals : beyond (inter)subjectification
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Abstract
This paper presents the results of a corpus-based diachronic investigation into the semantic evolution of the Dutch modals kunnen "can", mogen "may" and moeten "must", revealing an interaction between processes of (inter)subjectification and of semantic competition (`no synonymy'). Mogen and kunnen do, but moeten does not, show an evolution in terms of (inter) subjectification. But developments in mogen and kunnen also show an effect of the fact that historically they have been competing for the same semantic ground. There is no comparable competition for semantic ground in moeten. This strongly suggests an interaction between the `no synonymy' principle and (inter) subjectification, whereby the former may actually trigger the latter.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Diachronica : international journal for historical linguistics. - Hildesheim, 1984, currens
Publication
Hildesheim : 2015
ISSN
0176-4225 [print]
1569-9714 [online]
Volume/pages
32:1(2015), p. 34-68
ISI
000352217100002
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Last edited 22.07.2017
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