Modality Across Syntactic Categories

Hardcover | March 18, 2017

EditorAna Arregui, Maria Luisa Rivero, Andres Salanova

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This volume explores the linguistic expression of modality in natural language from a cross-linguistic perspective. Modal expressions provide the basic tools that allow us to dissociate what we say from what is actually going on, allowing us to talk about what might happen or might havehappened, as well as what is required, desirable, or permitted. Chapters in the book demonstrate that modality involves many more syntactic categories and levels of syntactic structure than traditionally assumed. The volume distinguishes between three types of modality: "low modality", which concerns modal interpretations associated with the verbal and nominalcartographies in syntax; "middle modality", or modal interpretation associated to the syntactic cartography internal to the clause; and "high modality", relating to the left periphery. It combines cross-linguistic discussions of the more widely-studied sources of modality with analyses of novel orunexpected sources, and shows how the meanings associated with the three types of modality are realized across a wide range of languages.

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This volume explores the linguistic expression of modality in natural language from a cross-linguistic perspective. Modal expressions provide the basic tools that allow us to dissociate what we say from what is actually going on, allowing us to talk about what might happen or might havehappened, as well as what is required, desirable, ...

Ana Arregui is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Ottawa. Her research is in the domain of natural language semantics, focusing on modality, tense, and aspect. Her publications include articles in Natural Language Semantics, Journal of Semantics and Linguistics and Philosophy. She holds a Licenciatura en Letras fro...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.1 inPublished:March 18, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Ana Arregui, Maria Luisa Rivero, and Andres Salanova: IntroductionPart I: Low Modality2. Luis Alonso-Ovalle and Paula Menendez-Benito: Epistemic indefinites: On the content and distribution of the epistemic component3. Luis Alonso-Ovalle and Junko Shimoyama: Modal indefinites: Where do Japanese wh-kas fit in?4. David-Etienne Bouchard: The non-modality of opinion verbs5. Ilaria Frana: Modality in the nominal domain: The case of adnominal conditionals6. Fabienne Martin and Florian Schafer: Sublexical modality in defeasible causative verbs7. Aynat Rubinstein: Straddling the line between attitude verbs and necessity modals8. Igor Yanovich: May under verbs of hoping: The evolution of the modal system in the complements of hoping verbs in Early Modern EnglishPart II: Middle Modality9. Bronwyn M. Bjorkman and Claire Halpert: In an imperfect world: Deriving the typology of counterfactual marking10. Remus Gergel: Dimensions of variation in Old English modalsPart III: High Modality11. Ana Arregui, Maria Luisa Rivero, and Andres Salanova: Aspect and tense in evidentials12. Sihwei Chen, Vera Hohaus, Rebecca Laturnus, Meagan Louie, Lisa Matthewson, Hotze Rullmann, Ori Simchen, Claire K. Turner, and Jozina Vander Klok: Past possibility cross-linguistically: Evidence from 12 languages13. Kai von Fintel and Sabine Iatridou: A modest proposal for the meaning of imperatives