Modes of Modality

Modality, typology, and universal grammar

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The volume aims at a universal definition of modality or “illocutionary/speaker’s perspective force” that is strong enough to capture the entire range of different subtypes and varieties of modalities in different languages. The central idea is that modality is all-pervasive in language. This perspective on modality allows for the integration of covert modality as well as peripheral instances of modality in neglected domains such as the modality of insufficieny, of attitudinality, or neglected domains such as modality and illocutionary force in finite vs. nonfinite and factive vs. non-factive subordinated clauses. In most languages, modality encompasses modal verbs both in their root and epistemic meanings, at least where these languages have the principled distribution between root and epistemic modality in the first place (which is one fundamentally restricted, in its strict qualitative and quantitative sense, to the Germanic languages). In addition, this volume discusses one other intricate and partially highly mysterious class of modality triggers: modal particles as they are sported in the Germanic languages (except for English). It is argued in the contributions and the languages discussed in this volume how modal verbs and adverbials, next to modal particles, are expressed, how they are interlinked with contextual factors such as aspect, definiteness, person, verbal factivity, and assertivity as opposed to other attitudinal types. An essential concept used and argued for is perspectivization (a sub-concept of possible world semantics). Language groups covered in detail and compared are Slavic, Germanic, and South East Asian. The volume will interest researchers in theoretical and applied linguistics, typology, the semantics/pragmatics interface, and language philosophy as it is part of a larger project developing an alternative approach to Universal Grammar that is compatible with functionalist approaches.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 149]  2014.  vi, 511 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Elisabeth Leiss and Werner Abraham
Part I. Formal properties of modality
1 Formal properties of modality
Interpreting modals by phase heads
Daigo Akiba
Evidentiality straddling T- and C-domains
Nadia Varley
Part II. Typological surveys
The syntax of modal polyfunctionality revisited: Evidence from the languages of Europe
Bjorn Hansen
Mora da as a marker of modal meanings in Macedonian: On correlations between categorial restrictions and morphosyntactic behaviour
Björn Wiemer
Modal semantics and morphosyntax of the Latvian DEBITIVE
Ilze Lokmane and Andra Kalnača
Deontic or epistemic? habēre as a modal marker of future certainty in Macedonian
Liljana Mitkovska and Eleni Bužarovska
Epistemic, evidential and attitudinal markers in clause-medial position in Cantonese
Foong Ha Yap and Winnie Chor
Part III. Interfaces between mood and modality
Modal particles in rationale clauses and related constructions
Patrick Georg Grosz
Modal particles in causal clauses: The case of German weil wohl
Mathias Schenner and Frank Sode
Part IV. Modality conceptualizations
Enablement and possibility
Raphael Salkie
The modal category of sufficiency
Chantal Melis
Part V. Diachronic derivation
From agent-oriented modality to sequential: The polysemy of the marker ni in Kakabe (Mande)
Alexandra Vydrina
Part VI. Covert modality
A rare case of covert modality: Spoken Polish and the novel periphrastic past with mieć ‘have’
Werner Abraham and Jadwiga Piskorz
(C)Overt epistemic modality and its perspectival effects on the textual surface
Sonja Zeman
Dimensions of implicit modality in Igbo
Chinedu Uchechukwu
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