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Title: Studies on English Modality
Subtitle: In Honour of Frank Palmer
Edited By: Anastasios Tsangalidis
Roberta Facchinetti
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=D&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=430310
Series Title: Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 111
Description:

Inspired by Frank Palmer's work, this book addresses a set of specific
topics pertaining to the description of modality in English and places them
in a broader context. A number of more general theoretical and typological
matters are also raised, which bear upon the theory of syntax, semantics
and pragmatics and their interfaces. The methodology adopted is mostly
functional-typological, though some reference is made to various
theoretical frameworks, ranging from cognitive linguistics to parametric
variation. Modal meanings are seen to extend beyond particular lexical and
grammatical exponents, through sentential semantics and into actual
contexts of use. At the same time, the study of modality seems to challenge
commonly held views on the relationship between different levels of
linguistic analysis. Other languages discussed include Brazilian
Portuguese, Classical and Modern Greek and Spanish.

Contents:

Anastasios Tsangalidis/Roberta Facchinetti: Preface

Juana I. Marín-Arrese: Effective vs. Epistemic Stance, and
Subjectivity/Intersubjectivity in Political Discourse. A Case Study

Roberta Facchinetti: Subjectivity, (Non-)subjectivity and Intersubjectivity
in English Modality

Anna Wärnsby: On Controllability as a Contextual Variable

Leo Francis Hoye: Modality in Discourse: The Pragmatics of Epistemic Modality

Marta Degani/Elisabetta Adami/Anna Belladelli: The Use of Modal Verbs in
Interpersonal Contexts: From Semantics to Pragmatics

Heloisa Maria Moreira Lima-Salles: Para/for-infinitives in Brazilian
Portuguese and English: Similarities and Contrasts in the Grammatical
Encoding of Modality

Lotte Hogeweg: What's So Unreal about the Past? Past Tense and Counterfactuals

Jo Willmott: Modality of English Conditional Sentences: The Evidence from
Ancient Greek

Juan Rafael Zamorano-Mansilla/Marta Carretero: The Expression of Deduction
Referring to Past Time within the Verbal Group: An English-Spanish
Contrastive Analysis

Ferdinand de Haan: On the Status of 'Epistemic' Must

Ilse Depraetere: Some Observations on (Factual) Could + Perfect Infinitive

Evangelia Manika: Modal Verbs in Modern Greek and English: What's
Conceptualization Got to Do with Typology?

Philippe Bourdin: On the Role of Context in Interpreting Want as a
Volitional or Deontic Verb

Daniël Van Olmen/Tanja Mortelsmans: Movement Futures in English and Dutch.
A Contrastive Analysis of Be Going To and Gaan.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Pragmatics
Semantics
Syntax
Typology
Subject Language(s): English
Greek, Ancient
Greek, Modern
Portuguese
Spanish
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034303101
Pages: 392
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