The Expression of Modality

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William Frawley
Walter de Gruyter, 2006 - Social Science - 268 pages
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This book covers the essentials of modality and offers both foundational ideas and cutting edge advances. The book consists of what are essentially tutorials on modality and modal notions, covering definitions of modality, morphosyntactic form, conceptual and logical semantics, historical development, and acquisition. There are also specific chapters on modality in Zapotec and American Sign Language, which show the range of forms that modal notions can take. To assist its tutorial function, the book closes with a comprehensive conceptual outline of all the chapters.Key features: textbook covers the essentials of modality Well-known editor Cognitive categories are currently among the most important areas of research in linguistics and beyond (biology, psychology
  

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Contents

Overview and linguistic issues
1
Typological approaches to modality
26
Formal approaches to modality
71
Historical aspects of modality
106
Acquisition of modality
141
Modal expression in Valley Zapotec
173
Modality in American Sign Language
206
Topical outline
239
Index
263
List of contributors
266
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William Frawley, University of Delaware, USA.

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