Into (and Out of) Modality

Heiko Narrog

in Modality, Subjectivity, and Semantic Change

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199694372
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742279 | DOI:
Into (and Out of) Modality

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This chapter deals with directionality of change between modality and voice (section 1), modality and possession (section 2), and modality and aspect (section 3). The first two categories (voice and possession) are shown to be unidirectional sources of modality, while between aspect and modality, a relationship of bi‐directionality seems to hold. This is again in support of the model proposed in this book, which posits unidirectional change from lower to higher categories, while no general (categorical) prediction can be made concerning categories on the same syntactic level (aspect and event‐oriented modality).

Keywords: voice; possession; aspect; bi-directionality; syntactic levels

Chapter.  9777 words. 

Subjects: Semantics

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