Edited by Juana I. Marín-Arrese, Gerda Haßler and Marta Carretero
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 271] 2017
► pp. 149–169
A synchronic and diachronic study of the Dutch Auxiliary “Zou(den)”
This contribution presents the results of a corpus based investigation of the Dutch auxiliary zou(den). The synchronic and diachronic study demonstrates that the auxiliary can express nine meanings since the oldest language stages, and that its meaning has specialized to hypotheticality. Furthermore, the paper focuses on the evidential function and discusses some grammatical and contextual features that support an evidential interpretation. It is highly probable that linguistic features such as a source reference and the grammatical construction have contributed to the evolution of an evidential meaning.