This volume presents two kinds of studies on English modality.
On the one hand, there are strongly empirical, corpus-based studies of
individual uses of English modal auxiliaries and modal constructions, such
as "may" in interrogatives, "might" in concessive clauses, "shall" and
"may" versus "must" in legal English, the use of "surprised if" and
"surprising if" constructions, the use and history of adhortative
constructions, or the modal-aspectual use of "come to" in "I came to
realize that X". The book also contains work that presents new views on
some of the classical issues, like the relations between modality and time,
modality and commitment, modals and (inter)subjectivity. A special place is
given to work that approaches the English modals from the perspective of
the 'Theory of Enunciative Operations' developed by the French linguist
Antoine Culioli and his colleagues.
Thus the book provides new perspectives and answers on basic questions
about modality, in general, and its expression in English, in particular.