Mood and Modality / Edition 2

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Since the publication of F. R. Palmer's Mood and Modality in 1986, whe n the topic of "modality" was fairly unfamiliar, there has been consid erable interest in the subject as well as in grammatical typology in g eneral. Modality is concerned with mood (subjunctive etc.) and with mo dal markers such as English modal verbs (can, may, must etc.) and is t reated as a single grammatical category found in most of the languages of the world. Palmer investigates this category, drawing on a wealth of examples from a wide variety of languages.
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'These are complex areas … and as a basic guide to the problems and the terminology in the field this is a valuable book.' Raphael Salkie, MLR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521804790
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2009
  • Series: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Note on the text
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 Modal systems: Propositional modality 24
3 Modal systems: Event modality 70
4 Modal systems and modal verbs 86
5 Indicative and subjunctive 107
6 Realis and Irrealis 145
7 Subjunctive and irrealis 185
8 Past tense as modal 203
References 222
Language index 231
General index 234
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