Modality–Aspect Interfaces

Implications and typological solutions

| University of Vienna
| University of Munich
ISBN 9789027229922 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
ISBN 9789027290199 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
The main topics pursued in this volume are based on empirical insights derived from Germanic: logical and typological dispositions about aspect-modality links. These are probed in a variety of non-related languages. The logically establishable links are the following: Modal verbs are aspect sensitive in the selection of their infinitival complements – embedded infinitival perfectivity implies root modal reading, whereas embedded infinitival imperfectivity triggers epistemic readings. However, in marked contexts such as negated ones, the aspectual affinities of modal verbs are neutralized or even subject to markedness inversion. All of this suggests that languages that do not, or only partially, bestow upon full modal verb paradigms seek to express modal variations in terms of their aspect oppositions. This typological tenet is investigated in a variety of languages from Indo-European (German, Slavic, Armenian), African, Asian, Amerindian, and Creoles. Seeming deviations and idiosyncrasies in the interaction between aspect and modality turn out to be highly rule-based.
[Typological Studies in Language, 79]  2008.  xxiv, 422 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Introduction: Aspect-modality interfaces and interchanges across languages
Werner Abraham and Elisabeth Leiss
On the logic of generalizations about cross-linguistic aspect-modality links
Werner Abraham
The silent and aspect-driven patterns of deonticity and epistemicity: A chapter in diachronic typology
Elisabeth Leiss
Propositional aspect and the development of modal inferences in English
Debra Ziegeler
Towards an understanding of the progressive form in English: The Imperative as a heuristic tool
Zygmunt Frajzyngier, Marion Bond, Lori Heintzelman, Dan Keller, Saeko Ogihara and Erin Shay
Epistemic modality and aspect contingency in Armenian, Russian, and German
Stella Gevorgyan-Ninness
Indefiniteness and imperfectivity as micro-grammatical contexts of epistemicity in German-Slovene translations
Carmen Terzan Kopecky
The connections between modality, aspectuality, and temporality in Modern Russian
Wladimir D. Klimonov and Gerda Klimonov
Aspectual coercion in Bulgarian negative imperatives
Milena Kuehnast
Russian modals možet 'can' and dolžen 'must' selecting the imperfective in negative contexts
Elena Padučeva
Tense, mood, and aspect in Gungbe (Kwa)
Enoch O. Aboh and Fabrice Nauze
The modal system of the Igbo language
Chinedu Uchechekwu
The aspect-modality link in the Japanese verbal complex and beyond
Heiko Narrog
The aspect-modality link in Japanese: The case of the evaluating sentence
Shin Tanaka
The Lakota aspect/modality markers -kinica and tkhá
Regina Pustet
A note on modality and aspect in Saramaccan
Heiko Narrog
Aspects of a reconstruction of form and function of modal verbs in Germanic and other languages
Michail L. Kotin
The autopsy of a modal – insights from the historical development of German
Jakob Maché
Index of authors
Index of subjects
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