LINGUIST List 12.359

Mon Feb 12 2001

Books: Modality

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  1. Joyce Reid, Modality by F.R. Palmer

Message 1: Modality by F.R. Palmer

Date: 12 Feb 2001 10:26:50 +0800
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Modality by F.R. Palmer

Second Edition
F.R. Palmer, University of Reading,UK

Since the publication of F. R. Palmer's Mood and Modality in 1986,
when the topic of "modality" was fairly unfamiliar, there has been
considerable interest in the subject as well as in grammatical
typology in general. Modality is concerned with mood (subjunctive
etc.) and with modal markers such as English modal verbs (can, may,
must etc.) and is treated as a single grammatical category found in
most of the languages of the world. Palmer investigates this category,
drawing on a wealth of examples from a wide variety of languages.

1. Introduction; 
2. Modal systems: propositional modality; 
3. Modal systems: event modality; 
4. Modal systems and modal verbs; 
5. Indicative and subjunctive; 
6. Realis and Irrealis; 
7. Subjunctive and Irrealis; 
8. Past tense as modal.

Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics
2001/259 pp.
80035-8/Hb/List: $64.95
80479-5/Pb/List: $22.95
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