Chapter published in:The Expression of Tense, Aspect, Modality and Evidentiality in Albert Camus’s L'Étranger and Its Translations / L'Étranger de Camus et ses traductions : questions de temps, d'aspect, de modalité et d'évidentialité (TAME): An empirical study / Etude empirique
Edited by Eric Corre, Danh Thành Do-Hurinville and Huy Linh Dao
[Lingvisticæ Investigationes Supplementa 35] 2020
► pp. 284–301
Modal verbs in L’Étranger and its Romance translations
Old problems and new perspectives
In this paper we compare L’Étranger to two Spanish translations in order to shed light on two theoretical issues. Firstly, the externalization problem (Laca, 2018): where do temporal and aspectual auxiliaries realize preferably in Sp. vs. Fr.? Are high perfects related to low perfects? Secondly, perfect tenses raise a problem when it comes to translate epistemic modal sentences from Fr. into Sp. In a configuration with a low perfect the modal may accept both the imparfait and the simple past. Each of the solutions has a particular contribution on discourse. Epistemic modals will also prove to serve both as a means to indirectly order the situations described in the foreground and to achieve the characteristic impression of vividness of L’Étranger due to their particular semantics.
Keywords: epistemic modals, Spanish, L’Étranger , discourse, tense
Published online: 11 August 2020
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