Stilistische aspecten van want en omdat | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 21, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 1384-5845
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1171



Verhagen (2000) showed that Dutch causal connectives (‘for’) and (‘because’) differ in their intersubjective configuration: expresses conceptual distance between speaker and other conceptualizers, while does not. In this article we analyze how this difference is exploited stylistically in Dutch narrative fiction. We employ a combined model of subjectivity, mental spaces and domains to show that both connectives allow ironic readings, but in different ways. enables the implicit narrator to blend between different subjects’ viewpoints, whereas enables him to show how individual subjects reason within themselves. Both cases result in intersubjective constructions that evoke naive or otherwise tragicomical narrative characters, placed at a distance from narrator and reader.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): causal connective; narrative; perspective; subjectivity mental spaces
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