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Title: Modality in Grammar and Discourse
Edited By: Joan L. Bybee
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language
Description:

This volume brings together a collection of 18 papers that look into the expression of modality in the grammars of natural languages, with an emphasis on its manifestations in naturally occurring discourse. Though the individual contributions reflect a diversity of languages, of synchronic and diachronic foci, and of theoretical orientations all within the broad domain of functional linguistics they nonetheless converge around a number of key issues: the relationship between 'mood' and 'modality'; the delineation of modal categories and their nomenclature; the grounding of modality in interactive discourse; the elusive category 'irrealis'; and the relationship of modal notions and categories to other categories of grammar.Contributions by: Edith Bavin; Joan Bybee; Wallace Chafe; Soonja Choi; Jennifer Coates; Suzanne Fleischman; Zygmunt Frajzyngier; Jiansheng Guo; John Haiman; Bernd Heine; Franticek Lichtenberk; Patricia Lunn; Marianne Mithun; John Myhill; Frank Palmer; Suzanne Romaine; Carmen Silva-Corvalan; Laura Smith; Phyllis and Sherman Wilcox.

Publication Year: 1996
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Syntax
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ISBN: 1556196393
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Pages: 552
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