Diachronic evidentiality: from the sense of smell to the expression of knowledge

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Title: Diachronic evidentiality: from the sense of smell to the expression of knowledge
Authors: Fernández Jaén, Jorge
Research Group/s: LEXIS (Grupo de Investigación en Léxico y Sintaxis) | Grupo de Estudio para la Pragmática y la Ironía del Español de la Universidad de Alicante (GRIALE)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Filología Española, Lingüística General y Teoría de la Literatura
Keywords: Expression of Smell | Evidentiality | Epistemic Modality | Cognitive metaphor
Knowledge Area: Lengua Española
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: University of California, Santa Barbara. Department of Spanish and Portuguese | Institut Virtual Internacional de Traducció (IVITRA)
Citation: eHumanista/IVITRA. 2015, 8: 402-420
Abstract: The literature about types of evidentiality has hardly dealt with the relationship between the sense of smell and the speaker´s level of epistemic certainty. The present paper, the aim of which was to analyze that relationship, has used an semantic analysis to prove that the sense of smell not only can act as a source of variable epistemic modality information but also can have uses associated with mirativity (the expression of an unexpected or surprising piece of knowledge). Attention is additionally paid to the diachronic uses of Spanish oler which show that its evidential uses have become lexicalized from complex cognitive processes such as subjectivization or metaphorical structuring.
Sponsor: This paper was supported by the research project Perspectivas y aplicaciones sobre el aspecto verbal: factores determinantes en casos de verbalización (GV/2014/089).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/51961
ISSN: 1540-5877
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © eHumanista/IVITRA
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://www.ehumanista.ucsb.edu/eHumanista%20IVITRA/Volume%208/index.shtml
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