This article discusses the evidential uses of the Future, Conditional and Indicative Imperfect in various Romance languages (mostly French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish) and the semantic factors that underlie the choice between them. The Romance data are used as a background for an evaluation of proposed taxonomies of evidentiality (Willett 1988; Frawley 1992; Botne 1997). It is shown that Willett’s model, based on the primary distinction direct vs. indirect type of evidence, is better suited to account for evidentiality in Romance, while the notion of source should be considered as independently interacting with the type of evidence/mode of knowing.
Ahern, Aoife, José Amenós-Pons & Pedro Guijarro-Fuentes
2020. Future Tense Acquisition by French-Speaking Learners of L2 Spanish: Chronology, Conjecture and Concession. In New Trends in Language Acquisition Within the Generative Perspective [Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics, 49], ► pp. 27 ff.
Almeida, Francisco Alonso
2015. The functions ofseemandparecerin early medical writing. Discourse Studies 17:2 ► pp. 121 ff.
2018. Evidential and Argumentative Functions of Dynamic Appearance Verbs in Italian: The Example of Rivelare and Emergere. In Argumentation and Language — Linguistic, Cognitive and Discursive Explorations [Argumentation Library, 32], ► pp. 73 ff.
2022. The Italian epistemic marker mi sa [to me it knows] compared to so [I know], non so [I don’t know], non so se [I don’t know whether], credo [I believe], penso [I think]. PLOS ONE 17:9 ► pp. e0274694 ff.
Rivero, María Luisa & Ana Arregui
2018. Unconditional readings and the simple conditional tense in Spanish: inferentials, future-oriented intentionals, future-in-the-past. Probus 30:2 ► pp. 305 ff.
Rodríguez Rosique, Susana
2015. Distance, evidentiality and counter-argumentation: Concessive future in Spanish. Journal of Pragmatics 85 ► pp. 181 ff.
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