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Title: Modality and Theory of Mind Elements across Languages
Edited By: Werner Abraham
Elisabeth Leiss
URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/179944?format=G
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 243
Description:

Modality is the way a speaker modifies her declaratives and other speech
acts to optimally assess the common ground of knowledge and belief of the
addressee with the aim to optimally achieve understanding and an assessment
of relevant information exchange.

In languages such as German (and other Germanic languages outside of
English), this may happen in covert terms. Main categories used for this
purpose are modal adverbials ("modal particles") and modal verbs. Epistemic
uses of modal verbs (like German sollen) cover evidential (reportative)
information simultaneously providing the source of the information.

Methodologically, description and explanation rest on Karl B├╝hler's concept
of Origo as well as Roman Jakobson's concept of shifter. Typologically,
East Asian languages such as Japanese pursue these semasiological
fundaments far more closely than the European languages. In particular,
Japanese has to mark the source of a statement in the declarative mode such
that the reliability may be assessed by the hearer.

The contributions in this collection provide insight into these modal
techniques.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Semantics
Syntax
Typology
Subject Language(s): German
Japanese
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