Modality and Semantic Change

Heiko Narrog

in Modality, Subjectivity, and Semantic Change

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199694372
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742279 | DOI:
Modality and Semantic Change

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After clarifying basic terms and concepts in the area of semantic change in section 1, extant hypotheses on semantic change in modality are discussed in section 2. Section 3 presents a personal view of semantic change in modality, which is defined by the following overall tendencies: first, semantic change as category climbing, that is, change from lower to higher categories in semantic and syntactic hierarchical clause structures, and second, increase in speech‐act‐orientation, including speaker‐orientation (subjectivity), hearer‐orientation (intersubjectivity), and discourse‐orientation.

Keywords: category climbing; semantic change; modality; semantic hierarchical clause structures; syntactic hierarchical clause structures; speaker-orientation; hearer-orientation; discourse-orientation

Chapter.  23121 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Semantics

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