DUALITY IN THE USE OF MOODS. INDICATIVO AND CONGIUTIVO MOODS IN THE SAME LANGUAGE CONTEXTS (Il doppio nell uso dei modi. L'indicativo e il congiuntivo negli stressi contesti linguistici)
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The use of moods in Italian is a very interesting problem but also difficult taking into account the complexity of phenomena which must be analysed at the same time. It especially concerns contexts in which different moods can appear alternatively. The aim of the article is to examine contexts in which it is possible to use indicative and congiuntivo moods. The possibility of choice between moods would mean the duality of human nature which hesitates between affirmation and keeping a distance to that what makes the content of an utterance. Employing the research mechanism described by cognitive linguistics that is, among others, notions such as prototype, semantic invariant or scheme and the methodology which is based on relationships existing between recognition, semantics and grammar it seems that the choice of moods is the result stemming from information processing and based on man's cognitive abilities and his knowledge about the world. Indicative would reflect locutor's responsibility for the truth value of utterance content whereas congiuntivo would be a language sign of distance position towards that what he says.
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