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The Resource Modal adjectives : English deontic and evaluative constructions in synchrony and diachrony, by An Van linden

Modal adjectives : English deontic and evaluative constructions in synchrony and diachrony, by An Van linden

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Modal adjectives : English deontic and evaluative constructions in synchrony and diachrony
Title
Modal adjectives
Title remainder
English deontic and evaluative constructions in synchrony and diachrony
Statement of responsibility
by An Van linden
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The book revisits the notion of deontic modality from the perspective of an understudied category in the modal domain, viz. adjectives. On the basis of synchronic and diachronic corpus studies, it analyses the semantics of English adjectives like essential and appropriate, and uses this to refine traditional definitions of deontic modality, which are mainly based on the study of modal verbs. In a first step, it is shown that the set of meanings expressed by extraposition constructions with deontic adjectives is quite different from the set of meanings identified in the literature on modal verbs. Adjectival complement constructions lack the directive meanings of obligation or permission, which are traditionally regarded as the core deontic categories, and they have semantic extensions towards non-modal meanings in the evaluative domain. In a second step, the analysis of adjectives is used to propose an alternative definition of deontic modality, which covers both the meanings of verbs and adjectives, and which can deal with the different extensions towards modal and non-modal categories. This is integrated into a conceptual map, which works both in diachrony, defining pathways of change from premodal to modal to evaluative meaning, and in synchrony, accommodating refinements within each set of meanings. In the process, this study points to the emergence of partially filled constructions, and it offers additional evidence for well-established changes in the history of English, such as the decline of the subjunctive and the rise of the to-infinitive in complement constructions. The book is of particular interest to researchers and graduate students with a focus on mood and modality, and the interface between syntax, semantics and pragmatics, as well as that between synchrony and diachrony."--Publisher's website
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DLC
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1982-
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Linden, An van
Dewey number
425/.5
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PE1315.M6
LC item number
L56 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Topics in English linguistics
Series volume
75
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  • English language
  • English language
  • Modality (Linguistics)
Label
Modal adjectives : English deontic and evaluative constructions in synchrony and diachrony, by An Van linden
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The notion of modality -- Adjectives in the modal-evaluative domain -- Data and methods of the diachronic analysis -- The semantic development of the adjectival matrix -- The diachrony of the clausal complement patterns -- The diachrony of the complex constructions: The development of propositional complements -- Data and methods of the synchronic synthesis and refinement -- Synchronic constructions: Refinements of the conceptual map -- Conclusion
Control code
721085427
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xx, 363 pages
Isbn
9783110252934
Isbn Type
(hc : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011017254
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)721085427
Label
Modal adjectives : English deontic and evaluative constructions in synchrony and diachrony, by An Van linden
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The notion of modality -- Adjectives in the modal-evaluative domain -- Data and methods of the diachronic analysis -- The semantic development of the adjectival matrix -- The diachrony of the clausal complement patterns -- The diachrony of the complex constructions: The development of propositional complements -- Data and methods of the synchronic synthesis and refinement -- Synchronic constructions: Refinements of the conceptual map -- Conclusion
Control code
721085427
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xx, 363 pages
Isbn
9783110252934
Isbn Type
(hc : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011017254
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)721085427

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