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Title: «Müssen» als Ausdruck der Unvermeidbarkeit
Authors: Soares, Rute 
Carecho, Judite 
Editors: Leibrandt, Isabella
Jahn, Kathrin
Doval, Irene
Keywords: modal verb; must; contrast German-Portuguese (Spanish, Italian); unavoidable events
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Peter Lang AG International Academic Publishers
Serial title, monograph or event: Arbeitswelten von gestern bis heute. Neue Studien in der Germanistik, Übersetzungswissenschaft und DaF
Place of publication or event: Suiça
Abstract: In the present text, sentences with müssen are discussed comparatively, describing unavoidable events in which individual or collective action is non-intentional and cannot be traced back to norms. Using corpus examples, it is shown how Portuguese and other languages describe such events and why in German müssen is chosen although other alternatives would also be available. In such sentences with müssen, reflex actions such as crying, laughing and sneezing are relevant, as are events such as thinking and dying. Müssen expresses causality in connection with the verbs mentioned, namely the cause-effect relationship between circumstances on which it is difficult to act and unavoidable subsequent actions/events. However, sentences with müssen and verbs like cry, sneeze, laugh, think and die are usually not formulated in Portuguese with the verbs dever and ter de. These common translations of müssen usually seem inappropriate here, both in Portuguese and in parallel examples in other languages. Consequently, various translation alternatives are compiled and analysed. From a contrastive perspective, the uniqueness of German is emphasized, which is challenging for DaF learners and teachers and could lead German speakers to choose inappropriate translation solutions in a foreign language like Portuguese.
ISBN: 9783034340960
Rights: openAccess
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