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Modality in English

Theory and Description

Ed. by Salkie, Raphael / Busuttil, Pierre / Auwera, Johan van der

Series:Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL] 58

DE GRUYTER MOUTON

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    Publication Date:
    June 2009
    Copyright year:
    2009
    ISBN
    978-3-11-021333-1
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    Aims and Scope

    This volume presents two kinds of studies on English modality.

    On the one hand, there are strongly empirical, corpus-based studies of individual uses of English modal auxiliaries and modal constructions, such as may in interrogatives, might in concessive clauses, shall and may vs must in legal English, the use of surprised if and surprising if constructions, the use and history of adhortative constructions, or the modal-aspectual use of come to in I came to realize that X. The book also contains work that presents new views on some of the classical issues, like the relations between modality and time, modality and commitment, modals and (inter)subjectivity. A special place is given to work that approaches the English modals from the perspective of the 'Theory of Enunciative Operations' developed by the French linguist Antoine Culioli and his colleagues.

    Thus the book provides new perspectives and answers on basic questions about modality, in general, and its expression in English, in particular.

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    23 x 15.5 cm
    vi, 384 pages
    DE GRUYTER MOUTON
    Language:
    English
    Type of Publication:
    Collection
    Keyword(s):
    English (language); modality (linguistics)

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    Raphael Salkie, University of Brighton, UK; Pierre Busuttil, Université de Pau, France; Johan van der Auwera, University of Antwerp, Belgium.

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