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Cross‐Linguistic Patterns of Polysemy and Change within Modality and Mood

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/9780199694372.003.0005
Cross‐Linguistic Patterns of Polysemy and Change within Modality and Mood

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While the previous chapter presented case studies, in this chapter the attempt is made to generalize over modal markers and their polysemy in a typological database (Bybee et al. 1994. The findings support the concept of overall change towards more speech‐act‐orientation.

Keywords: modal markers; polysemy; typological database; speech-act-orientation

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Subjects: Semantics

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