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Kasia M. Jaszczolt and Louis de Saussure

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199589876

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589876.001.0001

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Modal conversational backgrounds and evidential bases in predictions: the view from the Italian modals

Modal conversational backgrounds and evidential bases in predictions: the view from the Italian modals

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(p.128) 6 Modal conversational backgrounds and evidential bases in predictions: the view from the Italian modals
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Andrea Rocci

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589876.003.0007

The chapter focuses on the interaction of future-time reference with modality and evidentiality in predictions. Predictions are a type of speech act that (a) requires the propositional content to be a future eventuality and (b) presupposes that the speaker has indirect evidence at his/her disposal to assert the propositional content. The paper is aimed at exploring how future reference in prediction affects the use of modal expressions as evidential strategies in Italian, introducing specific constraints and affordances. More specifically, it presents an investigation of the behaviour of the Italian modal verbs potere (‘can’, ‘may’) and dovere (‘must’, ‘have to’) in predictions, based on a large corpus of Italian economic-financial news articles. Adopting a relational analysis of modality in the broad lineage of Relative Modality, and focusing on the contextual saturation of the conversational background of the modals, the chapter examines how the two modal verbs can function as evidential strategies in predictions, manifesting the kind of evidence the prediction is based on, and acting as anaphorical or cataphorical pointers towards other discourse utterances where the evidential basis of the prediction is made explicit.

Keywords:   prediction, future eventualities, evidentiality, modality, Italian modals, conversational backgrounds, financial news discourse

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