Modality and Subordinators

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This book connects two linguistic phenomena, modality and subordinators, so that both are seen in a new light, each adding to the understanding of the other. It argues that general subordinators (or complementizers) denote propositional modality (otherwise expressed by moods such as the indicative-subjunctive and epistemic-evidential modal markers). The book explores the hypothesis both on a cross-linguistic and on a language-branch specific level (the Germanic languages). One obvious connection between the indicative-subjunctive distinction and subordinators is that the former is typically manifested in subordinate clauses. Furthermore, both the indicative-subjunctive and subordinators determine clause types. More importantly, however, it is shown, through data from various languages, that subordinators themselves often denote the indicative-subjunctive distinction. In the Germanic languages, there is variation in many clause types between both the indicative and the subjunctive and that and if depending on the speaker’s and/or the subject’s certainty of the truth of the proposition.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 116]  2010.  xvii, 341 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface and acknowledgements
xiii–xiv
Abbreviations
xv–xvii
Chapter 1. Introduction
1–12
Part I. Modality and subordinators in the language of the world
Chapter 2. Modality
15–54
Chapter 3. The morphosyntactic status of modality
55–90
Chapter 4. Subordinators and modality
91–110
Chapter 5. Investigation of semantic, functional, and notational similarities between propositional modality and subordinators in the languages of the world
111–124
Part II. Modality and subordinators in the Germanic languages
Chapter 6. The Germanic indicative and subjunctive as propositional modality markers
127–148
Chapter 7. Modal markers and word order in the Germanic languages
149–172
Chapter 8. General subordinators and propositional modality in the Germanic languages
173–224
Chapter 9. Speech-act modality
225–238
Chapter 10. Relative and adverbial subordinators
239–266
Chapter 11. Conclusion and final remarks
267–284
Appendix A. Two typological surveys of the morphosyntactic status of propositional modality
285–306
Appendix B. Sources for the typological surveys
307–322
References
323–336
Language index
337–338
Subject index
339–342
“The author of this book fearlessly approaches the seemingly chaotic mess of complementizers in Germanic languages. The study focuses in particular on Scandinavian, English and German, but provides examples from Dutch, Icelandic, Frisian, Romance and a number of other languages. Armed with data from a range of typological studies and also carrying out a couple of her own, the author defends the idea that Germanic complementizers come in three different varieties, where one of the types (consisting in complementizers like THAT and WHETHER) denotes propositional modality. This type of modality therefore bears crucial resemblance to propositional mood like subjunctive and indicative, according to the author, and is akin to verbal mood inflections as well as verb placement (verb-first and verb-second) in signifying the values Realis and Irrealis. The book contains a plethora of new data, providing a platform for the reader to entertain the quite innovative and fresh ideas put forth by the author. I would recommend this book to anyone working with mood, or modality, or complementizers; or anyone ready to take a fresh look at the semantics of verb placement.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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