Modality in Contemporary English
This book offers original theoretical accounts and a wealth of descriptive information concerning modality in present-day English. At the same time, it provides fresh impetus to more general linguistic issues such as grammaticalization, colloquialization, or the interplay between sociolinguistic and syntactic constraints. The articles fall into four sections: (a) the semantics and pragmatics of core modal verbs; (b) the status of emerging modal items; (c) stylistic variation and change; (d) sociolinguistic variation and syntactic models. The book is of considerable value to students and teachers of English and Linguistics at undergraduate and graduate level worldwide.
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Theoretical descriptive and typological issues
Irrealis past time reference and modality
Modal auxiliary constructions TAM and interrogatives
A pragmatic analysis of the epistemic would construction in English
On two distinct uses of go as a conjoined marker of evaluative
On the margins of modality?
A functional approach to verb
The case of really
The English modal auxiliaries 19611992