Norwegian Modals

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Walter de Gruyter, 2005 - Foreign Language Study - 457 pages
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Norwegian Modals is a detailed description of the syntactic and semantic properties of modals in Norwegian. The book thoroughly and critically evaluates previous proposals from the modality literature, focusing on argument structure, scopal properties and the interplay of modals with tense and aspect. After presenting a range of new data and generalizations, a new analysis is proposed, incorporating recent developments in generative linguistic theory and the construction of a new compositional tense system. This investigation is highly relevant for the study of modals and modality in Germanic and other languages. It will also be of value to linguists working on argument structure, tense and aspect, and to those interested in Scandinavian languages.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The framework
10
Morphological characteristics
17
Semantic characteristics
24
Syntactic characteristics
53
Summary and preliminary inventory
73
Final inventory and inventories of seven other languages
82
Analyzing Modals a Survey of Recent Proposals
92
Summary
284
Aspect and tense of complements
294
Scope readings and universality
309
A compositional tense system for Norwegian
342
tense and aspect
376
The tense properties of root and nonroot modals
390
Summing up
407
Earlier proposals
414

Some earlier proposals
102
Modals and thetaroles
167
Modals in pseudoclefts
192
Explaining subjectorientedness
248
Two semantic levels
268
Modals aspect and tense
421
Concluding remarks
427
Index
453
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Kristin Melum Eide, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

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