The Verbal Expression of Belief and Hearsay in English and Spanish: Evidence from Newspaper Discourse



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Martínez Caro, Elena (2006) The Verbal Expression of Belief and Hearsay in English and Spanish: Evidence from Newspaper Discourse. In Corpus Linguistics : Applications for the Study of English. Linguistic lnsights : Studies in Language and Communication, 25 . Peter Lang, Bern [etc.], pp. 159-175. ISBN 3-03910-675-9

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One of the areas of discussion within the study of evidentiality refers to how the speaker obtains knowledge, i.e. to the source of his/her information. Chafe (1986) distinguishes four ‘modes of knowing’ or different ways in which knowledge is acquired: belief, induction, hearsay and deduction. The present contribution investigates the correlation between evidentiality and the use of verbs denoting two of these forms of indirect evidence: knowledge steming from belief or opinion and knowledge having been acquired through language. This study specifically focuses on the use of verbs denoting mental cognitive and verbal processes as evidential markers in a corpus of newspaper discourse comprising press editorials and news reports in English and Spanish.

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This is a shorter version of a paper included in the volume "Perspectives on Evidentiality and Modality in English and Spanish" (J. Marín Arrese, ed.) published in 2004.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Evidentiality; Belief; Hearsay; Newspaper discourse; English; Spanish.
Subjects:Humanities > Philology > Spanish language
Humanities > Philology > Linguistics
Humanities > Philology > English philology
ID Code:55898
Deposited On:02 Jul 2019 15:53
Last Modified:02 Jan 2022 23:00

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