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Modality Across Syntactic Categories
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Modality Across Syntactic Categories

Ana Arregui, María Luisa Rivero, and Andrés Salanova

Abstract

This volume explores the extremely rich diversity found under the “modal umbrella” in natural language. Offering a cross-linguistic perspective on the encoding of modal meanings that draws on novel data from an extensive set of languages, the book supports a view according to which modality infuses a much more extensive number of syntactic categories and levels of syntactic structure than has traditionally been thought. The volume distinguishes between “low modality,” which concerns modal interpretations that associate with the verbal and nominal cartographies in syntax, “middle modality” or m ... More

Keywords: modality, semantics, syntax, morphology, cross-linguistic variation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198718208
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718208.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ana Arregui, editor
Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Ottawa

María Luisa Rivero, editor
Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, University of Ottawa

Andrés Salanova, editor
Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Ottawa

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1 Introduction

Ana Arregui, María Luisa Rivero, and Andrés Salanova

Part I Low modality

3 Modal indefinites: Where do Japanese wh-kas fit in?

Luis Alonso-Ovalle and Junko Shimoyama

5 The non-modality of opinion verbs

David-Étienne Bouchard

6 Sublexical modality in defeasible causative verbs

Fabienne Martin and Florian Schäfer

Part II Middle modality

Part III High modality

11 Aspect and tense in evidentials

Ana Arregui, María Luisa Rivero, and Andrés Salanova

12 Past possibility cross-linguistically: Evidence from twelve languages

Sihwei Chen, Vera Hohaus, Rebecca Laturnus, Meagan Louie, Lisa Matthewson, Hotze Rullmann, Ori Simchen, Claire K. Turner, and Jozina Vander Klok

13 A modest proposal for the meaning of imperatives

Kai von Fintel and Sabine Iatridou

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