Deux types d'imparfait atténuatif

Abstract : The author shows that, according to their syntactic properties, the statements in which the imperfect is used instead of the present tense - and is therefore interpreted as an attenuation marker - can be divided into two categories, which also happen to fulfill two distinct pragmatic functions. One of them aims at attenuating a given speech act (of the stating or asking type), while the other one specifically provides a justification of the speaker's material intrusion into the addressee's sphere.
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Lotfi Abouda. Deux types d'imparfait atténuatif. Langue française, Armand Colin, 2004, Procédés de modalisation : l'atténuation, 142 (1 ), pp.58-74. ⟨halshs-01471276⟩

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