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La rection dite "faible" : grammaticalisation ou différentiel de grammaticité ?

Abstract : Verbs denoting cognitive or epistemic states, like 'penser', 'trouver' or 'croire', are sometimes described as “parentheticals” or “weak governing” verbs. This article analyzes some of the morpho-syntactic and semantic properties of governing clauses constructed with these verbs. It shows that these constructions are characterized by a specific type of variation which is translated, from a semantic point of view, into one of three possible values of the governing clause : (i) a value in which the verb conserves its full lexical meaning, (ii) a value of parenthetical modality, and (iii) a value of socio-interactional mitigator. The conditions of this variation are investigated and analyzed in the light of the notions of grammaticalization and of diagrammaticity (or constructional iconicity).
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Denis Apothéloz. La rection dite "faible" : grammaticalisation ou différentiel de grammaticité ?. Verbum (Presses Universitaires de Nancy), Université de Nancy II, 2003, La grammaticalisation en français, 25 (3), pp.241-262. ⟨halshs-00148352⟩

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