SEGUN DICEN, ENTRE LO EVIDENCIAL Y LO EPISTEMICO
RAUL DEL VALLE RODRIGUEZ
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SEGUN DICEN, ENTRE LO EVIDENCIAL Y LO EPISTEMICO With the Principles and Parameters theory of Generative Grammar as a starting point and particularly paying attention on the cartographic hypothesis of the sentence's left peripheral parts, the present study aims to elucidate the syntactic status of the Spanish construction según dicen, verb phrase which, following a process of re-categorization, alters its grammatical status and becomes an adverbial phrase, main discussion point of this research paper. To this effect, in the first chapters, theoretical notions will be taken into consideration, such as modality, especially in those occasions in which the borders between epistemic and evidential modality are vague (Chapter 1); adverbial taxonomy (Chapter 2) and the interaction between de theories of Rizzi and Cinque on the left peripheral area of the sentence (Chapter 3). In chapter 4, the syntactic behaviour of the above-mentioned construction will be further analysed with the goal of establishing whether or not it belongs to the category of adverbial phrases, and if so, if it should be catalogued as evidential or epistemical.