Modality in English : Theory and Description

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This volume presents strongly empirical, corpus-based studies of a range of English modal auxiliaries and modal constructions in specific uses. It also approaches some of the classic issues in the field of modality from new perspectives, notably that of the ‘Theory of Enunciative Operations’ developed by the French linguist Antoine Culioli and his colleagues.

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Raphael Salkie, University of Brighton, UK; Pierre Busuttil, Université de Pau, France; Johan van der Auwera, University of Antwerp, Belgium.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Raphael Salkie Pierre Busuttil Johan van der Auwera 1

Towards a typology of modality in language Paul Larreya 9

'Not-yet-factual at time t': a neglected modal concept Renaat Declerck 31

Semantic ascent, deixis, intersubjectivity and modality Keith Mitchell 55

Degrees of modality Raphael Salkie 79

Another look at modals and subjectivity Jelena Timotijevic 105

For a topological representation of the modal system of English Alain Deschamps Lionel Dufaye 123

Epistemic might in the interrogative Gilbert Ghio 145

MAY in concessive contexts Jean-Claude Souesme 159

When may means must: deontic modality in English statute construction Ross Charnock 177

Legal English and the 'modal revolution' Christopher Williams 199

Posteriority in expressions with must and have to: a case of interplay between syntax, semantics and pragmatics An Verhulst 211

Using the adjectives surprised/surprising to express epistemic modality Christiane Rocq-Migette 223

Commitment and subjectivity in the discourse of a judicial inquiry Juana I. Marín-Arrese 237

Hearsay adverbs and modality Agnès Celle 269

When Yes means No, and other hidden modalities Claude Rivière 295

Modality and the history of English adhortatives Manfred Krug 315

On the "great modal shift" sustained by come to VP Philippe Bourdin 349

List of contributors 375

Author index 377

Subject index 380

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