October 2010
Oralia;2010, Vol. 13, p97
Academic Journal
In the parliamentary language the imposition is the norm. This is not impolite but the expected behaviour. The speaker uses this by a mark of certainty and brightness. So the modals don't express the speaker's subjectivity. On the contrary, they indicate, rhetorically, the style of the speech. They mark a discursive style, a characteristic of the parliamentary assertion. Forms of opinion or probability are used as operators of the neutral assertion (yo creo) and as mitigation marks (probablemente…). The adverbs of reaffirmation or evidentiality (desde luego, por supuesto…) give brightness and force to the expression, to the verbal form. An approach from the politeness theory reveals to us, then, that we must consider, in a pragmalinguistic study, not only the communicative situation but also the discourse typology to explain the linguistic functions.


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