Title
Competing modals : beyond (inter)subjectification Competing modals : beyond (inter)subjectification
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Publication type
article
Publication
Hildesheim ,
Subject
Linguistics
Source (journal)
Diachronica : international journal for historical linguistics. - Hildesheim, 1984, currens
Volume/pages
32(2015) :1 , p. 34-68
ISSN
0176-4225
ISI
000352217100002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
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.
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