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A preliminary description of mood in Welsh

Fontaine, Lise and Williams, Lowri 2021. A preliminary description of mood in Welsh. Language, Context and Text 3 (2) , pp. 200-226.

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In this paper we propose a functional account of the Welsh mood system, focussing on responsives in particular. The discourse functions of responsives are interpreted through the concept of negotiation within the systemic functional linguistic framework, which offers a rich model for accounting for both initiations and responses, including possible tracking and challenging moves. By examining the interaction of mood together with specific features of Welsh, e.g. a dominant VSO clause ordering, mood particles, Subject ellipsis and a complex system of negation, we are able to show that Welsh tends to highlight interpersonal meanings in clause initial position. As the first functional description of Welsh, we also set out important directions for future research, based on the findings presented in this paper.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: In Press
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Additional Information: The accepted manuscript is under copyright, the publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the PDF in any form.
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
ISSN: 2589-7233
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 February 2021
Date of Acceptance: 21 November 2020
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2021 08:08

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