Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

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).
Document type :
Journal articles
Complete list of metadata

Cited literature [35 references]  Display  Hide  Download
Contributor : Dominique Schloupt <>
Submitted on : Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 9:22:43 AM
Last modification on : Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 9:54:05 AM
Long-term archiving on: : Saturday, June 13, 2020 - 12:23:03 PM


Explicit agreement for this submission


  • HAL Id : halshs-00148352, version 1



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⟩



Record views


Files downloads