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1 CeLiSo - Centre de Linguistique en Sorbonne

Abstract : The contribution advocates the use of the category of covertness in the semantic description of grammatical items. After a short presentation of the two different kinds of covertness we distinguish (resp. epistemological and structural covertness), it is shown that resorting to this notion makes it possible to propose a monosemic account of apparently polysemic signifiants. The two examples discussed here are the German modal particles -ja- (-yes-) and -wohl- (-well-), both of which are related to commitment and Theory of Mind. While ja is often said to be either a marker of consensus between speech act participants or an exclamative marker, we demonstrate the existence of a unique meaning, which can become covert depending on the illocutionary type of the sentence. Then, we prove that wohl is a strong commitment marker involved in covert evidential patterns. Thus, we can reduce the so-called -weak commitment- value of -wohl- to an external interpretative bias.

Keywords : Discourse Markers Modal particles Intersubjectification Theory of Mind Commitment German linguistics





Autor: Pierre-Yves Modicom -

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