Hypothetical Modality

Grammaticalisation in an L2 dialect

| National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
ISBN 9789027230546 (Eur) | EUR 115.00
ISBN 9781556199370 (USA) | USD 173.00
ISBN 9789027298713 | EUR 115.00 | USD 173.00
This book marks a new development in the field of grammaticalisation studies, in that it extends the field of grammaticalisation studies from relatively homogeneous languages to those possessing well-established and institutionalised second language varieties. In Hypothetical Modality, special reference is made to Singaporean English, a native-speaker L2 dialect of considerable importance in the South-East Asian region, and to the expression in the dialect of hypothetical modality, which appears to be indistinguishable from non-hypothetical modality in terms of the use of preterite or past forms of modal verbs. Within a grammaticalisation
framework, a number of factors can be seen to be relevant to an explanation, including substratum and contact features such as tense/aspect marking, levels of lexical retention as an individual (psychological) phenomenon, and the fact that such dialects have a discontinuity in their development. In addition, the book defines pragmatic approaches to the understanding of hypothetical modality, in both diachronic and synchronic terms.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 51]  2000.  xx, 290 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
1. Introduction.
2. Hypothetical modality as a grammatical category
3. A diachronic corpus study of would
4. Singaporean English and substratum influences in the grammaticalisation of hypothetical modality
5. The interaction of tense and aspect in the grammaticalisation of counterfactuality
6. Hypothetical WILL: A study in retention
7. The Lexical Memory Traces Hypothesis
8. Conclusions
Appendix 1: Chapter 6 Questionnaire
Appendix 2: Chapter 6 Control Questionnaire
Selected bibliography
Primary sources
Name Index
Subject Index
“Debra Ziegeler's book makes a valuable contribution by bringing together two areas of research which are, more often then not, treated seperately: the development of grammar in contact sitautions and the study of grammaticalisation. The book is to be recommended for bridging grammaticalisation and contact studies. It also has much to offer to anyone specifically interested in the phenomenon of hypothetical modality.”
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