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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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Cross‐Linguistic Patterns of Polysemy and Change within Modality and Mood

Cross‐Linguistic Patterns of Polysemy and Change within Modality and Mood

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(p.150) 5 Cross‐Linguistic Patterns of Polysemy and Change within Modality and Mood
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Modality, Subjectivity, and Semantic Change
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Heiko Narrog

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694372.003.0005

While the previous chapter presented case studies, in this chapter the attempt is made to generalize over modal markers and their polysemy in a typological database (Bybee et al. 1994. The findings support the concept of overall change towards more speech‐act‐orientation.

Keywords:   modal markers, polysemy, typological database, speech-act-orientation

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