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La dilution linguistique des responsabilités. Essai de description polyphonique des marqueurs évidentiels il semble que et il parait que

Authors
Journal
Langue française
0023-8368
Publisher
CAIRN
Publication Date
Volume
102
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3406/lfr.1994.5716
Disciplines
  • Linguistics

Abstract

Henning NØLKE : « The linguistic dilution of responsibilities. A polyphonic description of the evidential markers il semble que and il parait que » Assertion guarantees truth based on evidence available to the speaker. The speaker may indicate the source and type of his evidence. This paper deals with the two French evidentials il semble que and il paraît que. Both indicate hearsay evidence and are equivalent to the English evidential it seems that. Although very similar at first glance, closer analysis reveals important, though often rather subtle differences as to the type of evidence. A polyphonic study permits a detailed explication of their functioning, and may explain observable distributional differences.

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