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Books: Syntax: Barbiers/Beukema/van der Wurff (eds.)

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  1. paul, Syntax: Barbiers, Beukema, & van der Wurff (eds.)

Message 1: Syntax: Barbiers, Beukema, & van der Wurff (eds.)

Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 16:02:56 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: Syntax: Barbiers, Beukema, & van der Wurff (eds.)

Title: Modality and its Interaction with the Verbal System
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
Editor: Sjef Barbiers 
Editor: Frits Beukema 
Editor: Wim van der Wurff 
Hardback: ISBN: 1588111679, Pages: x, 290 pp., Price: USD 88.00


This book provides a broad overview of the issues relevant for the
study of syntax of modals and their interaction with the verbal
system. A large number of novel observations are offered from a
variety of languages, including Dutch, (Modern and Middle) English,
German, Lele, Macedonian, Middle Dutch and Slovene. The wealth of
data, the critical evaluation of existing syntactic analyses of
modality and the alternative analyses proposed make the book
interesting for both for descriptively and for theoretically oriented
syntacticians. Major concerns addressed are: the distinction between
epistemic and root modality (where the arguments pro and contra the
assumption of a corresponding difference in syntactic structure are
evaluated, refined, and supplemented by arguments for syntactic
distinction between necessity and possibility modals and by
consideration of the influence of the modal's complement on the
interpretation), the interaction between modality and clausal
phenomena (in particular negation, but also imperatives, aspect and
Aktionsart), and the acquisition of modality (addressing
cross-linguistic differences in the possibility for root infinitives
to express modal interpretations and the late acquisition of epistemic
interpretations as compared with non-epistemic interpretations).

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Current issues in modality: An introduction to modality and its
interaction with the verbal system
 Sjef Barbiers
Modal verbs: Epistemics in German and English 
 Werner Abraham
Modality and polarity 
 Sjef Barbiers
Modals, objects and negation in late Middle English 
 Frits Beukema and Wim van der Wurff
On the use and interpretation of root infinitives in early child Dutch
 Elma Blom
Modals and negation in English 
 Annabel Cormack and Neil V. Smith
System interaction in the coding of modality 
 Zygmunt Frajzyngier
Modality and theory of mind: Perspectives from language development
and autism
 Anna Papafragou
Negative polarity and modality in Middle Dutch ghe-particle
 Gertjan Postma 
(Negative) Imperatives in Slovene 
 Milena Milojevic Sheppard and Marija Golden
Modality and mood in Macedonian 
 Olga Miseska Tomic
Subject index
Name index

Lingfield(s): Syntax
Subject Language(s): 

Dutch (Language Code: DUT)
English (Language Code: ENG)
German (Language Code: GER) 
Lele (Language Code: LEL)
Macedonian (Language Code: MKJ)
Middle Dutch (Language Code: XDUM)
Slovene (Language Code: SLV)
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)
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