"Que" inicial átono como marca de modalidad

Salvador Pons Bordería

Resumen

Unstressed que-inital constructions have been traditionally treated as instances of conjunction-headed structures, preceded or not by an implicit performative verb. In this paper it is argued that such an explanation runs into problems when gwe-constructions are faced with their interrogative counterparts, which also show unstressed-initial que. As an alternative, que is considered a modality marker, whose main function is to show, in these constructions, the speaker's stance with regard of the proposition. In this light,, a unified account of interrogative, affirmative and exclamative instances of unstressed que-initial sentences can be provided.

Palabras clave

Conjunción; Usos sintácticos; Valor modal; Posición inicial; Conectores; Análisis sintáctico; Modalidad; Sintaxis

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14198/ELUA2003.17.29





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