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Modality and Subjectivity

Heiko Narrog

in Modality, Subjectivity, and Semantic Change

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199694372
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742279 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694372.003.0002
Modality and Subjectivity

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This chapter first discusses definitions of modality, arguing in favor of a definition in terms of factivity, and then sub‐categories of modality and the relationship to mood and illocution (section 1). Then, extant approaches to subjectivity in language are introduced (section 2), and their application to modality is examined. The chapter proposes a new concept of subjectivity (and intersubjectivity) that combines performativity with accessibility of information and further suggest criteria for subjectivity (and intersubjectivity) on different levels of language description (section 3). Finally, the author introduces a concept of modality that takes volitivity and speech‐act‐orientation vs. event‐orientation as the two basic axes of description (section 4)

Keywords: subjectivity; intersubjectivity; performativity; speech‐act‐orientation; event‐orientation; accessibility

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Subjects: Semantics

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