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Illocution and speaker intent in Coptic: the case of the 'Autofocal' Second Tenses
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Egyptology.
2015 (English)In: Zeitschrift für Ägyptischen Sprache und Altertumskunde, ISSN 0044-216X, Vol. 142, no 2, 205-216 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is suggested that the so-called ‘autofocal’ second tenses attested in Coptic are characterised by uniform illocutionary properties. In most and perhaps all cases these constructions seem to appear when speakers view the propositional content of what is said as unacceptable, invalid, or, less often, defective interms of its information value. It is shown that cross-linguistic parallels to these uses are readily forthcoming from other languages, where propositions of similar sort are regularly coded with subjunctive and corresponding forms.

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2015. Vol. 142, no 2, 205-216 p.
Keyword [en]
Coptic language; second tenses; assertion; illocutionary force; speech acts
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Humanities Archaeology
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Egyptology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-246547DOI: 10.1515/zaes-2015-0016ISI: 000366952300007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-246547DiVA: diva2:793775
Available from: 2015-03-09 Created: 2015-03-09 Last updated: 2016-02-04Bibliographically approved

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