Illustrating the Model

Heiko Narrog

in Modality, Subjectivity, and Semantic Change

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199694372
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742279 | DOI:
Illustrating the Model

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This chapter illustrates the model of semantic change in modality as proposed in the previous chapter with a number of case studies, including English can, Spanish capaz, and a fair number of Japanese modal markers. It is demonstrated that in each of the cases presented the model proposed here captures the documented changes well, while previous models would fail to do so.

Keywords: modality; semantic change; English can; Spanish capaz; Japanese modal markers

Chapter.  11743 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Semantics

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