When other voices remain hidden. A polyphonic analysis of creo

  • María Amparo Soler Bonafont Universitat de València, Valencia, España


Doxastic verbs, in their first singular person of indicative present performative form, use to be a group of highly polysemous unities. An example is creo (I think), probably the most prototypical verb into the group. Creo polysemy is not
completely solved from cognitive, cognitive-functionalist and strictly functionalist semantic approaches. The aim of this paper is to explore the possibility to complete previous semantic research on creo with an argumental polyphonic approach. Previous research have demonstrated that creo (en letra cursiva ‘creo’) and other similar language instances exhibit a polyphonic behaviour in certain circumstances (Fuentes, 1995; Benavent, 2005; Hermoso Mellado-Damas, 2001, 2006, 2009). Our hypothesis is that it could exist different polyphonic schema of creo wich could correspond to different semantic values of the verbal form adduced. This fact would help to identify a bigger number of creo values between multiple possibilities this verb can express, while it would facilitate the recognition of its pragmatic procedure.

How to Cite
SOLER BONAFONT, María Amparo. When other voices remain hidden. A polyphonic analysis of creo. Cogency, [S.l.], v. 10, n. 1-2, p. 129-154, nov. 2018. ISSN 0718-8285. Available at: <http://www.cogency.udp.cl/index.php/cogency/article/view/313>. Date accessed: 09 july 2020.