Publication details [#61501]

Peltola, Rea. 2016. Permission and obligation intertwined: The twofold modal meaning of the Finnish jussive from a discourse perspective. Linguistics 54 (4) : 683–716.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


This paper examines semantic vagueness agency in discourse, and the link between deontic modal meaning and third person reference via the semantics and application of the Finnish jussive mood. Exploring Finnish jussive forms that evoke diverse modal readings, it is asserted that both permission and obligation are concurrently extant, yet to diverse degrees, in jussive clause interpretation, a binary nature which appears a discursive resource, possible rendering more than one viewpoint, and adding to language's dialogical aspect. The employed examples stem from a set of newspaper texts and a dialectal speech corpus.