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Volume 10, Issue 3

Exploring Male and Female Voices through Epistemic Modality and Evidentiality in Some Modern English Travel Texts on the Canaries

Francisco Alonso-Almeida / Mª Isabel González-Cruz
Published Online: 2012-11-06 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10015-011-0031-z


This article describes authorial voice through evidential and epistemic sentential devices in a corpus of 19th and early 20th century travel texts. The corpus contains four works written by female travellers and the other four by men. Therefore, apart from providing a catalogue of the strategies deployed by the authors in order to mark modality and evidentiality, we also report on expected differences in their frequencies of use in relation to the writer’s gender. In addition, the interest of this study lies in the fact that, to the best of our knowledge, no research on writer stance has previously been carried out in texts belonging to the genre of travel writing.

Keywords: evidentiality; modality; travel discourse; gendered discourse features

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About the article

Francisco Alonso-Almeida

Dr Francisco Alonso-Almeida is leader of the Research Project “Evidencialidad en un corpus multidisciplinar de artículos científico-técnicos en lengua inglesa”, grant FFI 2009-10801 (Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation and European Regional Development Fund). This grant is hereby gratefully acknowledged. PROEXT grant PR2011-0115 is also acknowledged.

Mª Isabel González-Cruz

Dr Mª Isabel González-Cruz is a member of the Research Project “El viaje a Canarias y sus escrituras II: Catálogo digital de autores y textos”, grant FFI FFI2011-25994 (Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation and European Regional Development Fund). This grant is also hereby gratefully acknowledged. We would also like to thank Prof. Nina Vivanco for the painstaking work of proofreading the last draft of this paper, as well as for her valuable comments and suggestions to improve it.



Published Online: 2012-11-06

Published in Print: 2012-10-01

Citation Information: Research in Language, Volume 10, Issue 3, Pages 323–343, ISSN (Online) 2083-4616, ISSN (Print) 1731-7533, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10015-011-0031-z.

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