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Stages of Grammaticalization for the Modal putea

Publication: Revue roumaine de linguistique, LIV (1-2), p. 63-82
Publisher:Editura Academiei
Abstract:This paper argues that the Romanian modal putea ‘can’ went through a repeated re-analysis, reaching various stages of grammaticalization. The configurations underlying each stage differ from each other insofar as the modal merges at different levels in the clause hierarchy. This analysis accounts for: (i) the ambiguous deontic or epistemic reading of modal constructions out of the context; and (ii) the productive infinitive complementation for putea, in contrast to other verbs.
Key words:possibility modal, grammaticalization, pragmaticalization, bare infinitive, speech acts
Language: English

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