Towards a unified account of the spanish subjunctive mood: epistemic dominion and dominion of effective control

Rainer Vesterinen*, Emanuel Bylund

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Abstract

The present study analyses the semantics of the Spanish subjunctive mood from a Cognitive Grammar perspective. The proposed hypothesis is that the subjunctive mood designates events that are located outside the conceptualiser's dominion in two alternate ways. In accordance with Maldonado (1995), the subjunctive mood is claimed to designate events that are located outside the conceptualiser's epistemic dominion. However, the present paper goes one step further, extending the notion of dominion to also include the conceptualiser's effective control over the event described by the subjunctive mood. A qualitative analysis of the occurrence of the subjunctive mood in a number of grammatical contexts corroborates the initial claim that the semantics of the subjunctive mood is related to the notion of dominion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-198
Number of pages20
JournalLingua
Volume131
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cognitive grammar
  • Conceptualiser
  • Dominion
  • Spanish
  • Subjunctive

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