Edited by Juana I. Marín-Arrese, Gerda Haßler and Marta Carretero
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 271] 2017
► pp. 123–148
Seem-type verbs in Dutch and German
Lijken, schijnen & scheinen
This paper addresses the German seem-type verb scheinen and its Dutch ‘equivalents’ lijken and schijnen. On the basis of an analysis of spoken corpus data, it is shown that these verbs differ with respect to three parameters: 1) their constructional preferences 2) their evidential potential and 3) the degree of subjectivity with which the speaker (or conceptualizer) is typically construed. It will be argued that these three parameters correlate. As a result, a synchronic cline can be presented, in which the three verbs can be arranged.