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Query:   Summary of Irrealis Discussion
Author:  Claire Bowern
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Syntax

Summary:   THIS IS A SUMMARY OF THE WORK I HAVE BEEN DOING ON IRREALIS. THE TEXT
IS A HIGHLY EDITED VERSION OF A SEMINAR I GAVE A WEEK AGO AT ANU. THE
FINDINGS ARE BASED ON THE SURVEY I POSTED TO THE LINGUIST LIST A FEW
WEEKS AGO AND JOINT RESEARCH WITH KEIRA BALLANTYNE, ANOTHER RESEARCH
STUDENT AT THE ANU'S CENTRE FOR LINGUISTIC TYPOLOGY. COMMENTS,
CRITICISMSS AND OFFERS OF FURTHER DATA ARE VERY WELCOME INDEED. PLEASE
REPLY TO ME AT C.BOWERN@STUDENT.ANU.EDU.AU.

BACKGROUND TERMINOLOGY.

MODALITY IS THE SEMANTIC CATEGORY WHICH SHOWS THE SPEAKER'S ATTITUDE
TO A PARTICULAR PROPOSITION. THIS CATEGORY CONTAINS A NUMBER OF
SEMANTIC PROPERTIES WHICH ARE FREQUENTLY GRAMMATICALISED. WHILE THE
NUMBER OF

LL Issue: 9.241
Date Posted: 18-Feb-1998
Original Query: Read original query