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Modality, Subjectivity, and Semantic ChangeA Cross-Linguistic Perspective$
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Heiko Narrog

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199694372

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694372.001.0001

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Illustrating the Model

Illustrating the Model

Some Case Studies

(p.118) 4 Illustrating the Model
Modality, Subjectivity, and Semantic Change

Heiko Narrog

Oxford University Press

This chapter illustrates the model of semantic change in modality as proposed in the previous chapter with a number of case studies, including English can, Spanish capaz, and a fair number of Japanese modal markers. It is demonstrated that in each of the cases presented the model proposed here captures the documented changes well, while previous models would fail to do so.

Keywords:   modality, semantic change, English can, Spanish capaz, Japanese modal markers

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