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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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(p.283) 8 Conclusions
Modality, Subjectivity, and Semantic Change

Heiko Narrog

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   modal meanings, semantic change, verbal categories, language change

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