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Paul Portner


The category of mood is widely used in the description of languages and the formal analysis of their grammatical properties. It typically refers to features of a sentence’s form (or a class of sentences which share such features), either individual morphemes or grammatical patterns, which reflect how the sentence contributes to the modal meaning of a larger phrase or which indicates the type of fundamental pragmatic function it has in conversation. The first subtype, verbal mood, includes the categories of indicative and subjunctive subordinate clauses; the second sentence mood, encompasses de ... More

Keywords: mood, modality, subjunctive, indicative, interrogative, declarative, imperative, speech acts, evidentiality

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199547524
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199547524.001.0001


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Paul Portner, author
Professor of Linguistics, Georgetown University

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