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Title: Modality in Contemporary English
Edited By: Roberta Facchinetti
Manfred Krug
Frank Palmer
Series Title: Topics in English Linguistics

This book offers original theoretical accounts and a wealth of descriptive information concerning modality in present-day English. At the same time, it provides fresh impetus to more general linguistic issues such as grammaticalization, colloquialization, or the interplay between sociolinguistic and syntactic constraints. The articles fall into four sections: (a) the semantics and pragmatics of core modal verbs; (b) the status of emerging modal items; (c) stylistic variation and change; (d) sociolinguistic variation and syntactic models. In addition to distinguished newcomers, contributors include well-known specialists in the field. The book is of considerable value to students and teachers of English and Linguistics at undergraduate and graduate levels worldwide.


Frank Palmer
Modality in English: theoretical, descriptive and typological issues


Paul Larreya
Irrealis, past time reference and modality

Richard Matthews
Modal auxiliary constructions, TAM and interrogatives

Gregory Ward, Betty J. Birner, and Jeffrey P. Kaplan
A pragmatic analysis of the epistemic would construction in English

St├ęphane Gresset
Towards a contextual micro-analysis of the non-equivalence of might and could


Philippe Bourdin
On two distinct uses of go as a conjoined marker of evaluative modality

Keith Mitchell
Had better and might as well: on the margins of modality?

Heidi Verplaetse
What you and I want: A functional approach to verb complementation of modal want to

Carita Paradis
Between epistemic modality and degree: the case of really

Geoffrey Leech
Modality on the move: the English modal auxiliaries 1961-1992

Nicholas Smith
Changes in the modals and semi-modals of strong obligation and epistemic necessity in recent British English

Maurizio Gotti
Shall and will in contemporary English: a comparison with past uses
Roberta Facchinetti

Pragmatic and sociological constraints on the functions of may in contemporary British English

Jennifer Coates
The role of epistemic modality in women's talk

Stephen J. Nagle
Double modals in the southern United States: syntactic structure or syntactic structures?

Graeme Trousdale
Modal verbs in Tyneside English: evidence for (socio)linguistic theory

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Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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