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LINGUIST List 20.398

Mon Feb 09 2009

Books: Semantics/Ling Theories: Portner

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Message 1: Modality: Portner
Date: 09-Feb-2009
From: Jennifer Clark <jennifer.clarkoup.com>
Subject: Modality: Portner
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Title: Modality
Published: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
                http://www.oup.com/us

Book URL: http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780199292431

Author: Paul H. Portner
Hardback: ISBN: 9780199292424 Pages: 320 Price: U.K. £ 65.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780199292431 Pages: 320 Price: U.K. £ 24.99
Abstract:

This is a book about semantic theories of modality. Its main goal is to
explain and evaluate important contemporary theories within linguistics and
to discuss a wide range of linguistic phenomena from the perspective of
these theories. The introduction describes the variety of grammatical
phenomena associated with modality, explaining why modal verbs, adjectives,
and adverbs represent the core phenomena. Chapters are then devoted to the
possible worlds semantics for modality developed in modal logic; current
theories of modal semantics within linguistics; and the most important
empirical areas of research. The author concludes by discussing the
relation between modality and other topics, especially tense, aspect, mood,
and discourse meaning.

Paul Portner's accessible guide to this key area of current research will
be welcomed by students of linguistics at graduate level and above, as well
as by researchers in philosophy, computational science, and related fields.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Semantics

Written In: English (eng )

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http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=38379


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