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Interpretative Potentiality as a Natural Phenomenon within the Theory of Functional Sentence Perspective


ADAM Martin

Year of publication 2008
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Sborník prací Filozofické fakulty Brněnské univerzity, Řada anglistická: Brno Studies in English 33
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Field Linguistics
Keywords FSP; Firbas; Mathesius; potentiality; oscillation;
Description Within the research carried out in the field of the theory of functional sentence perspective (FSP), the question of potentiality in interpretation seems to play a marginal role. The paper deals with the treatment of the issue from the synchronic point of view, focusing on the position of potentiality in FSP analysis. The author draws on the findings presented by Humboldt, Mathesius and Firbas and presents the results of his own investigation into the issue of potentiality in FSP. The discussion is illustrated by authentic examples of cases of potentiality in functional interpretation, and by suggested solutions.

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