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Paul Portner

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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Verbal mood

Verbal mood

(p.48) 2 Verbal mood

Paul Portner

Oxford University Press

Verbal mood is a linguistic category which marks how a clause is used in the computation of subsentential modal meaning. Most prominently exemplified by indicative and subjunctive verb forms, verbal mood has been the subject of much research in linguistics. This chapter outlines the key data showing how verbal mood functions in grammar and presents the most important theories of verbal mood. It evaluates these theories, formalizes and synthesizes their most significant insights, and identifies the most important central issues for future research on this topic.

Keywords:   Indicative, subjunctive, infinitive, mood, propositional attitudes

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