Title
Aspects meets modality : a semantic analysis of the German Am-Progressive
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Instructional and Educational Sciences
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Publication type
article
Publication
Cambridge ,
Subject
Linguistics
Source (journal)
Journal of Germanic linguistics. - Cambridge, 2001, currens
Volume/pages
28(2016) :1 , p. 1-30
ISSN
1470-5427
ISI
000370691200001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This paper presents a corpus-based analysis of the semantics of the German am V-inf sein construction, or am-progressive. Like its English counterpart and many other progressive constructions in the world's languages, the am-progressive is shown to convey not only a variety of aspecto-temporal meanings, but also a range of (inter)subjective qualifications, such as intensification, irritation, and evasiveness. These (inter)subjective connotations are argued to reflect the am-progressive's core meaning of epistemic contingency, which we believe is instantiated in all of its uses.
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