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Modal forms expressing probability and their combination with concessive sequences in French and Italian

2015-12-10, Rossari, Corinne, Ricci, Claudia, Salsmann, Margot

This paper deals with the combination between modal forms and concessive constructions in French and Italian, which we investigated in the framework of a tool-based approach to the linguistic analysis of corpora. To this end, we analyzed the frequency of forms expressing epistemic value and compared it to the frequency of their co-occurrence with the conjunction mais/ma (‘but’), seeking regularities in the link between this co-occurrence and the ability of an epistemic form to convey new meanings.