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Use-Conditional MeaningStudies in Multidimensional Semantics$
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Daniel Gutzmann

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723820

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723820.001.0001

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Modal particles

Modal particles

(p.215) 6 Modal particles
Use-Conditional Meaning

Daniel Gutzmann

Oxford University Press

German modal particles, an entire class of UCI, are characterized by peculiar syntactic and semantic properties that set them apart from other kinds of particles. This chapter shows that a great majority of them can be derived directly from their use-conditional nature and the way they are analysed in ℒTU. In addition, it addresses their interaction with sentence mood, building on the semantics developed in Chapter 5. Showing that there are two kinds of modal particles, free propositional modifiers and real sentence mood modifiers, the chapter concludes that the restrictions on specific sets of sentence types are based on a clash of semantic types or an incompatibility of the use conditions expressed by the particles and mood operators.

Keywords:   modal particles, syntax, sentence mood modifiers, free modifiers, type clash

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