This chapter summarizes the preceding discussions and presents some concluding thoughts. It was the goal of this study to provide a new overall model for modal meanings and semantic change in the area of verbal categories in general. In a limited space, only a limited amount of topics and data could be discussed. Language change takes place within specific discourse and social contexts. The cross-linguistic approach of this study can only complement but not take the place of detailed corpus-based studies on specific forms and constructions in specific languages. Nevertheless, it is hoped that the framework espoused here is compatible with a wider range of language data than are previous models and hypotheses, and that it should be useful for the analysis of semantic change in modality and other verbal categories on a micro-level as well.
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