Title
Aspects meets modality : a semantic analysis of the German Am-ProgressiveAspects 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
Research group
Grammar and Pragmatics
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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