Modality in Grammar and Discourse

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This volume brings together a collection of 18 papers that look into the expression of modality in the grammars of natural languages, with an emphasis on its manifestations in naturally occurring discourse. Though the individual contributions reflect a diversity of languages, of synchronic and diachronic foci, and of theoretical orientations — all within the broad domain of functional linguistics — they nonetheless converge around a number of key issues: the relationship between 'mood' and 'modality'; the delineation of modal categories and their nomenclature; the grounding of modality in interactive discourse; the elusive category 'irrealis'; and the relationship of modal notions and categories to other categories of grammar.
[Typological Studies in Language, 32]  1995.  viii, 575 pp.
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Table of Contents
I. Agent-Oriented and Epistemic Modality
Agent-Oriented vs. Epistemic Modality: Some Observations on German Modals
Bernd Heine
The Expression of Root and Epistemic Possibility in English
Jennifer Coates
Contextuel Conditions for the Interpretation of poder and deber in Spanish
Carmen Silva-Corvalán
The Obligation Modality in Western Nilotic Languages
Edith L. Bavin
The Gestural Expression of Modality in ASL
Sherman Wilcox and Phyllis Perrin Wilcox
II. The Interactional Basis of Modality
The Development of Epistemic Sentence-ending Modal Forms and Functions in Korean Children
Soonja Choi
The Interactional Basis of the Mandarin Modal néng ‘can’
Jiansheng Guo
The Discourse and Interactive Functions of Obligation Expressions
John Myhill and Laura A. Smith
Apprehensional Epistemics
Frank Lichtenberk
Moods and MetaMessages: Alienation as a Mood
John Haiman
III. Irrealis Modality and Subjunctive
The Realis-Irrealis Distinction in Caddo, the Northern Iroquoian Languages, and English
Wallace Chafe
On the Relativity of Irreality
Marianne Mithun
The Grammaticalization of Irrealis in Tik Pisin
Suzanne Romaine
The Evaluative Function of the Spanish Subjunctive
Patricia V. Lunn
IV. Modality and Other Categories of Grammar
Negation and the Modals of Possibility and Necessity
Frank Robert Palmer
A Functional Theory of Complementizers
Zygmunt Frajzyngier
The Semantic Development of Past Tense Modals in English
Joan L. Bybee
Imperfective and Irrealis
Suzanne Fleischman
Subject index
Language index
Author index
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