Two layers of modal grounding in recommendations

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This article centres on the modal properties of recommendations. Using data from the genre of wine tasting notes, it argues that a recommendation is understood in relation to its role in the social and discursive practice in which it occurs. Recommendations are profiled against two layers of modal grounding in the communicative situation. At the discourse level, recommendations express a weakly deontic speaker stance in that the speaker offers advice which is meant to be understood as beneficial for the addressee and not for the speaker himself or herself. At the clause level, a recommendation makes a prediction about a prospective event. The speaker’s epistemic control over the future event is low and marked by uncertainty. This epistemic stance concerning the outcome of the prospective event is communicated by means of modal and temporal marking, mid-transitivity Gestalts, and generic profiling in the clause.


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Titel på värdpublikationNot yet decided
StatusAccepted/In press - 2019
Peer review utfördJa