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Experimental Verification of Semantic Hypotheses Applied to Mood in Spanish [microform] / Flora Klein
Bib ID 5302694
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Author
Klein, Flora
 
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1975 
28 p. 
Summary

The present paper reports on an experiment designed to test the semantic analysis of Spanish mood vs. the traditional analysis in terms of government, by testing preferences for the Present Indicative or the Present Subjunctive following expressions of varying certainty. Two separate tests were conducted, in which subjects were given the option of accepting the inflection of a given construction in either mood or in both. The results of the two tests were similar in the overall percentage of acceptance given to each option. This would be compatible with either the traditional syntactic analysis or the semantic analysis of Spanish mood. But other findings are consistent only with the semantic analysis. In particular, (1) preference for the Present Indicative was found to correlate directly, and preference for the Present Subjunctive to correlate inversely, with the degree of certainty conveyed by the introductory expression; and (2) it was found that the greatest number of options was accepted at the point where preference for the Indicative and preference for the Subjunctive cross. The present report is intended to contribute to the growing body of work which shows that meaning can be investigated empirically, by formulating and testing hypotheses as to the actual uses particular semantic analyses would predict. (Author/CLK)

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ERIC Note: Paper presented at the conference on New Ways of Analyzing Variation in English (4th, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., October 1975) ; Figures may be marginally legible due to print quality of original document.

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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Descriptive Linguistics.  |  Language Patterns.  |  Language Research.  |  Language Usage.  |  Linguistic Theory.  |  Morphology (Languages)  |  Semantics.  |  Spanish.  |  Syntax.  |  Verbs.  |  Mood (Verbs)
Form/genre Reports, Research.
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