REPORTATIVE EVIDENTIALS IN THE ROMANIAN WRITTEN MEDIA DISCOURSE

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

This paper focuses on the Romanian written media discourse with a view to point out the evidential strategies used for showing that the knowledge conveyed by the assertion comes from a third (specified / unspecified) source, different from the speaker’s own direct experience. Assuming that the written media discourse makes great use of reportative verbs, we aim at highlighting the opposition between the neutral reportative verbs (e.g. say, state) and the verbs that may point to the speaker’s agreement, more likely his/her disagreement, regarding the reported opinions (e.g. claim, pretend). Special emphases are placed on the lexical elements frequently associated to the …