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Title: Modality and its Interaction with the Verbal System
Edited By: Sjef Barbiers
Frits Beukema
Wim van der Wurff
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today

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 constructions
Gertjan Postma (Negative) Imperatives in Slovene
Milena Milojevic Sheppard and Marija Golden
Modality and mood in Macedonian
Olga Mišeska Tomic
Subject index
Name index

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Subject Language(s): Dutch
Dutch, Middle
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588111679
ISBN-13: 9781588111678
Pages: x, 290 pp.
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