Publication
Title
Un sens épistémique pour l'imparfait et le passé simple?
Author
Abstract
Walter De Mulder, Epistemic meanings for the French imperfect and simple past? In this article, we propose an epistemic definition of the schematic meaning of the French imperfect (imparfait) and simple past (pass simple), based on R. Langacker's and F. Brisard's analyses of the English simple present and past tenses. It is shown, however, that these definitions cannot explain all uses of these French non complex past tenses and that their schematic meaning must also contain indications concerning the temporal, aspectual and discursive values of the tenses. Although the schematic meaning of these tenses is thus shown not to be essentially epistemic, their use can reflect the epistemic attitude of the speaker. Moreover, it can be shown that the imparfait has at least one evidential use.
Language
French
Source (journal)
Langue française. - Paris
Publication
Paris : 2012
ISSN
0023-8368
Volume/pages
173(2012), p. 99-114
ISI
000304229700007
UAntwerpen
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
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Creation 03.07.2012
Last edited 07.08.2017
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