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Title: The Expression of Modality
Edited By: William J. Frawley
URL: http://www.degruyter.com/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-3110184362-1&l=E
Series Title: The Expression of Cognitive Categories 1
Description:

This book covers the essentials of modality and offers both foundational
ideas and cutting edge advances. The book consists of what are essentially
tutorials on modality and modal notions, covering definitions of modality,
morphosyntactic form, conceptual and logical semantics, historical
development, and acquisition. There are also specific chapters on modality
in Zapotec and American Sign Language, which show the range of forms that
modal notions can take. To assist its tutorial function, the book closes
with a comprehensive conceptual outline of all the chapters.

Key features:

textbook
covers the essentials of modality
Well-known editor
Cognitive categories are currently among the most important areas of
research in linguistics and beyond (biology, psychology)

Contents

Modality: Overview and linguistic issues
Jan Nuyts

Typological approaches to modality
Ferdinand de Haan

Formal approaches to modality
Stefan Kaufmann, Cleo Condoravdi and Valentina Harizanov

Historical aspects of modality
Elizabeth Traugott

Acquisition of modality
Soonja Choi

Modal expression in Valley Zapotec
Pamela Munro

Modality in American Sign Language
Sherman Wilcox and Barbara Shaffer

Topical Outline
Erin Eschenroeder, Sarah Mills and Thao Nguyen

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Subject Language(s): Zapotec, Mitla
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3110184362
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 268
Prices: Europe EURO 29.95
U.S. $ 40.40