Chapter published in:Re-Assessing Modalising Expressions: Categories, co-text, and context
Edited by Pascal Hohaus and Rainer Schulze
[Studies in Language Companion Series 216] 2020
► pp. 223–252
A genre-based analysis of evaluative modality in multi-verb sequences in English
This paper explores the nature of evaluative modality in multi-verb sequences with the deictic verb go as the first verb in English. It deals with four types of multi-verb sequences: go-and-V, go-to-V, go-V, and go-Ving. First, the paper proposes a general classification of multi-verb sequences. Second, by using the concepts of cotext and context, it shows the characteristics of each type of multi-verb sequence from the viewpoints of inflection of the first verb, the second verb selection, and genres of language use. Consequently, one conclusion can be drawn: while the go-to-V, go-V, and go-Ving sequences allow for a cotext-based interpretation, the go-and-V sequence can allow for both cotext-based and context-based interpretations.
Keywords: multi-verb sequence, evaluative modality, deixis, genre, frequency
Published online: 12 November 2020
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