Modality and its Interaction with the Verbal System
Sjef Barbiers | Meertens Institute Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences
Frits Beukema | University of Leiden
Wim van der Wurff | University of Leiden
This book provides a broad overview of the issues relevant for the study of syntax of modals and their interaction with the verbal system. A large number of novel observations are offered from a variety of languages, including Dutch, (Modern and Middle) English, German, Lele, Macedonian, Middle Dutch and Slovene. The wealth of data, the critical evaluation of existing syntactic analyses of modality and the alternative analyses proposed make the book interesting for both for descriptively and for theoretically oriented syntacticians. Major concerns addressed are: the distinction between epistemic and root modality (where the arguments pro and contra the assumption of a corresponding difference in syntactic structure are evaluated, refined, and supplemented by arguments for syntactic distinction between necessity and possibility modals and by consideration of the influence of the modal’s complement on the interpretation), the interaction between modality and clausal phenomena (in particular negation, but also imperatives, aspect and Aktionsart), and the acquisition of modality (addressing cross-linguistic differences in the possibility for root infinitives to express modal interpretations and the late acquisition of epistemic interpretations as compared with non-epistemic interpretations).
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 47] 2002. x, 290 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
List of contributors | p. vii
Preface | p. ix
Current issues in modality: An introduction to modality and its interaction with the verbal systemSjef Barbiers | pp. 1–17
Modal verbs: Epistemics in German and EnglishWerner Abraham | pp. 19–50
Modality and polaritySjef Barbiers | pp. 51–73
Modals, objects and negation in late Middle EnglishFrits Beukema and Wim van der Wurff | pp. 75–102
On the use and interpretation of root infinitives in early child DutchElma Blom | pp. 103–131
Modals and negation in EnglishAnnabel Cormack and Neil Smith | pp. 133–163
System interaction in the coding of modalityZygmunt Frajzyngier | pp. 165–184
Modality and theory of mind: Perspectives from language development and autismAnna Papafragou | pp. 185–204
Negative polarity and modality in Middle Dutch ghe-particle constructionsGertjan Postma | pp. 205–244
(Negative) Imperatives in SloveneMilena Milojević Sheppard and Marija Golden | pp. 245–259
Modality and mood in MacedonianOlga Mišeska Tomić | pp. 261–277
Subject index | pp. 279–284
Name index | pp. 285–288
Cited by 3 other publications
DEPRAETERE, ILSE & SUSAN REED
2014. Enablement and possibility. In Modes of Modality [Studies in Language Companion Series, 149], ► pp. 319 ff.
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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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