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197878Re: Mood and author opinion

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  • George Corley
    Jul 1, 2013
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      On Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 8:27 AM, Leonardo Castro <leolucas1980@...>wrote:

      > 2013/6/29 Alex Fink <000024@...>:
      > > On Fri, 28 Jun 2013 09:11:18 -0300, Leonardo Castro <
      > leolucas1980@...> wrote:
      > >
      > >>It seems that the ideas of "may", "will hardly", "must", "not", etc.,
      > >>are logically equivalent to "the author <verb>".
      > >
      > > Responding to Padraic's confusion, Leonardo's "author" is what's more
      > usually framed as "speaker" (primacy of speech, wahey), that is, the person
      > being deictically referred to by the first person singular.
      >
      > Yes, I meant "the author of the sentences". The definition "the person
      > being deictically referred to by the first person singular" is great!
      > I avoided "speaker" because one could be reading someone else's
      > speech, and so I don't know who would be considered as the "speaker".


      "Speaker" is a convention -- linguists generally talk about language in
      terms of speech, since it's generally accepted that speech is primary and
      writing is secondary.
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