By Luis Alonso-Ovalle,Paula Mene'ndez-Benito,#233,ndez-Benito

This booklet brings jointly novel paintings at the semantics and pragmatics of yes indefinite expressions that still exhibit modality. those epistemic indefinites are determiners or pronouns that sign lack of knowledge at the a part of the speaker, similar to German irgendein and Spanish algún: the sentence María se casó con algún medico ('Maria married a few health care provider or other') either makes an existential assertion that there's a doctor
that Maria married and indications the speaker's lack of ability or unwillingness to spot the physician in question.

Although epistemic indefinites have featured in contemporary semantic literature, an entire figuring out of the phenomenon continues to be missing: there's presently no contract at the resource in their epistemic part; there's inadequate cross-linguistic facts to strengthen a semantic typology of this stuff; and the parallelisms and modifications among epistemic indefinites and different expressions that exhibit epistemic modality haven't been explored extensive. during this quantity, a group of specialists within the field
offer novel empirical observations and significant theoretical insights on epistemic indefinites and similar issues corresponding to modal loose kinfolk, converted numerals, and epistemic modals. they supply a coherent review of the problems that form the topic in addition to putting them within the context of
current semantic examine, relocating in the direction of the advance of a semantic typology of epistemic indefinites that explores where of those expressions inside a basic typology of modal items.

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