Modality and evidentiality: a discussion of philosophical and formal aspects

  • Monica Monawar Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
Palavras-chave: Modality, Evidentiality, Philosophy of language, Formal semantics


This work discusses biological, philosophical and formal notions that underlie current approaches on natural language modality. The aim is to promote a theoretical debate of some of the ontological and methodological components that are sometimes taken for granted in current literature on the topic. A discussion on the evolution of language in connection to modality in terms of planning and displacement is promoted, followed by Lewis’s and Stalnaker’s discussions on possible worlds theory. Finally, a comparative approach on Lewis’s and Stalnaker’s perspectives on knowledge and belief is built in order to create a foundation for further readings on the topic of modals and evidentials.


Modalidade e evidencialidade: uma discussão sobre aspectos filosóficos e formais

Resumo: Este trabalho discute noções biológicas, filosóficas e formais que subjazem abordagens atuais acerca da modalidade em linguagem natural. O objetivo deste é promover um debate teórico de alguns componentes ontológicos e metodológicos que são muitas vezes tidos como conhecidos pela literatura atual neste tópico. Uma discussão sobre a evolução da linguagem em conexão com modalidade em termos de planejamento e deslocamento é promovida, seguida pelas discussões de Lewis e Stalnaker sobre a teoria de mundos possíveis. Finalmente, uma abordagem comparativa das perspectivas de Lewis e Stalnaker acerca de conhecimento e crença é construída para criar a base para leituras futuras no tópico de modais e evidenciais.

Palavras-chave: Modalidade; Evidencialidade; Filosofia da linguagem; Semântica formal




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Monawar, M. (2016). Modality and evidentiality: a discussion of philosophical and formal aspects. Letras De Hoje, 51(3), 412-420.