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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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Into (and Out of) Modality

Into (and Out of) Modality

(p.259) 7 Into (and Out of) Modality
Modality, Subjectivity, and Semantic Change

Heiko Narrog

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with directionality of change between modality and voice (section 1), modality and possession (section 2), and modality and aspect (section 3). The first two categories (voice and possession) are shown to be unidirectional sources of modality, while between aspect and modality, a relationship of bi‐directionality seems to hold. This is again in support of the model proposed in this book, which posits unidirectional change from lower to higher categories, while no general (categorical) prediction can be made concerning categories on the same syntactic level (aspect and event‐oriented modality).

Keywords:   voice, possession, aspect, bi-directionality, syntactic levels

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