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  • Prescriptively or Descriptively Speaking?

    How ‘Information-quality’ Influences Mood Variation in Spanish Emotive-factive Clauses

  • Author(s): Tris Faulkner1ORCID icon
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    Affiliations: 1 Georgetown University
  • Source: Pragmatics
    Available online: 22 March 2021
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/prag.19044.fau
    • Received: 02 Dec 2019
    • Accepted: 29 Sep 2020
    • Version of Record published : 22 Mar 2021

Abstract

Abstract

It is generally put forth that Spanish has the subjunctive as the required mood in the complements of emotive-factives ( ‘to be happy that’), desire verbs ( ‘to want’), verbs of uncertainty ( ‘to doubt’), modals ( ‘to be possible that’), causatives ( ‘to make that’), and directives ( ‘to recommend that’) (e.g., ). However, in spite of these traditional rules, it has been observed that some of these environments allow for the indicative ( ; Waltermire 2019). The current study explored one such environment; emotive-factive clauses. Results showed that the presuppositions that speakers hold regarding the knowledge that their addressees possess influence the mood that they select. This, thus, demonstrates the important role that pragmatics plays in the occurrence of mood variation.

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Keywords: verbal mood; Spanish; emotive-factives; indicative; mood variation; subjunctive
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