Modality in Contemporary English

Modality in Contemporary English

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qThis book offers original theoretical accounts and a wealth of descriptive information concerning modality in present-day English. At the same time, it provides fresh impetus to more general linguistic issues such as grammaticalization, colloquialization, or the interplay between sociolinguistic and syntactic constraints. The articles fall into four sections: (a) the semantics and pragmatics of core modal verbs; (b) the status of emerging modal items; (c) stylistic variation and change; (d) sociolinguistic variation and syntactic models. The book is of considerable value to students and teachers of English and linguistics at undergraduate and graduate levels worldwide.qA final argument against including ought in the double-modal system is that expressions such as and should ought to ... of their cognate cousins in other Germanic languages such as standard High German, (e.g. Fennell and Butters 1996).

Title:Modality in Contemporary English
Author: Manfred G. Krug
Publisher:Walter de Gruyter - 2003

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