Université de Neuchâtel

Measurements of grammaticalization : developing a quantitative index for the study of grammatical change

Correia Saavedra, David ; Hilpert, Martin (Dir.) ; Petré, Peter (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2019.

There is a broad consensus that grammaticalization is a process that is gradual and largely unidirectional: lexical elements acquire grammatical functions, and grammatical elements can undergo further grammaticalization (Hopper and Traugott 2003). This consensus is based on substantial cross-linguistic evidence. While most existing studies present qualitative evidence, this dissertation discusses...

Université de Neuchâtel

Valeur évidentielle et/ou modale de faut croire, on dirait et paraît : Evidential and/or modal value of faut croire, on dirait and paraît

Rossari, Corinne

In: Langue française, 2012, vol. 173, p. 65-81

This article explores how an evidential value emerges from different modal meanings. Our investigation will bear on the use of three French markers (faut croire, on dirait and paraît) located in the sentence final position. We will show that the evidential value results from a complex set of phenomena including : (i) the lexical meaning of the verb, (ii) the modal value or mood associated with...