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ERIC Number: ED353786
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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ISSN: ISSN-0959-2253
Conditionals and the Expression of Regret and Relief: Towards a Fragment for a Communicative Grammar.
Ferguson, Gibson
Edinburgh Working Papers in Linguistics, n2 p63-75 1991
This paper begins with an outline of some desirable properties of a communicative-pedagogical grammar. This serves as a theoretical point of reference for the subsequent description of a narrowly bounded semantic area, that of regret and relief. Conceptual analysis reveals a systematic relationship between these two emotions, which is grammaticalized through the so-called 'unreal conditional.' The paper then investigates the pragmatic and discoursal circumstances that encourage the selection of a conditional exponent for the expression of regret. There is, finally, a brief discussion of pedagogical implications arising from the preceding description. (Contains 28 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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