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LINGUIST List 18.64

Wed Jan 10 2007

Books: Linguistic Theories/Syntax: Bhatt

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Covert Modality in Non-finite Contexts: Bhatt


Message 1: Covert Modality in Non-finite Contexts: Bhatt
Date: 04-Jan-2007
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Covert Modality in Non-finite Contexts: Bhatt


Title: Covert Modality in Non-finite Contexts
Series Title: Interface Explorations 8
Published: 2006
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
                http://www.mouton-publishers.com

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-9783110179521-1&l=E

Author: Rajesh Bhatt
Hardback: ISBN: 3110179520 Pages: 204 Price: Europe EURO 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 3110179520 Pages: 204 Price: U.S. $ 118.80
Abstract:

ISBN 3-11-017952-0
ISBN-13: 978-3-11-017952-1

This book investigates the distribution and interpretation of Covert
Modality. Covert Modality is modality which we interpret but which is not
associated with any lexical item in the structure that we are interpreting.
This dissertation investigates a class of environments that involves covert
modality. Examples of covert modality include wh-infinitival complements,
infinitival relative clauses, purpose clauses, the 'have to' construction,
and the 'is to' construction (cf. 1):

1a. Tim knows [how to solve the problem]. ("Tim knows how one/he
could/should solve the problem")
b. Jane found [a book to draw cartoons in] for Sara. ("Jane found a book
for Sara one could/should draw cartoons in.")
c. [The man to fix the sink] is here. ("The man whose purpose is to fix the
sink is here.")
d. Sue went to Torino [to buy a violin]. ("Sue went to Torino so that she
could buy a violin.")
e. Bill has to reach Philadelphia before noon. ("Bill must reach
Philadelphia before noon.")
f. Will is to leave tomorrow. ("Will is scheduled/supposed to leave tomorrow.")

The interpretation of (1a-f) involves modality; however, there is no
lexical item that seems to be the source of the modality. What (1a-f) have
in common is that they involve infinitivals. This book addresses the
following questions about covert modality: what is the source of this
modality, what are its semantic properties, why are some but not all
infinitival relatives modal, and why are all infinitival questions modal?
The infinitival [+wh] Complementizer is identified as the source of the
covert modality. The apparent variability of the force of this modality is
related to the particular semantics of this Complementizer. Infinitival
relatives that receive a non-modal interpretation are analyzed as being
reduced relatives and thus not involving the infinitival [+wh] Complementizer.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng )

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http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=23178


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