Article published in:Modal Verbs in Germanic and Romance Languages
Edited by Johan van der Auwera and Patrick Dendale
[Belgian Journal of Linguistics 14] 2000
► pp. 167–184
Some Issues about the Portuguese Modals dever and poder
Abstract. This paper is about some Portuguese modals, mainly poder 'may/can' and dever 'must/should'. After a short description of these modals, I concentrate on their relation to negation. The main objective is to establish a scale for them, based on the three-layered scalar square proposed by van der Auwera (1996). It is shown that the verb poder expresses in many cases a two-sided possibility, and that dever is not a necessity operator in any of its interpretations.
Published online: 21 January 2011
Cited by 2 other publications
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