Variation in central modals: a repertoire of forms and types of usage in Middle English and early modern English

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Peter Lang, 2002 - Foreign Language Study - 364 pages
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This volume presents the results of a research team of the University of Bergamo, whose aim was the analysis of verbal modality in the Helsinki corpus. This corpus includes a large selection of texts compiled in Middle English and Early Modern En

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Contents

Preface
11
Introduction
19
The evolution of central modal verbs in English
27
The subsections taken into consideration
34
The aim of our investigation
41
Spelling variants
47
Time reference
54
Concluding remarks
65
MUST
161
Sentence structure
168
Concluding remarks
186
Distribution according to text type
192
Time reference
199
SHOULD
235
WILL
267
Concluding remarks
299

A comparison between CAN and COULD
80
Type of modality
93
Concluding remarks
128
Sentence structure
131
Type of modality
139
A comparison between MAY and MIGHT
155
Type of modality
312
CONCLUSION
327
Distribution according to text type
330
Index
353
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