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The grammaticalization of modality

Debra Ziegeler

in The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586783
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199586783.013.0048

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

The grammaticalization of modality

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This article examines the grammaticalisation of linguistic modality. It discusses the grammaticalisation of modality in relation to its diachronic sense, using as an example the evolution of English modal verbs and then to its sense referring to the diverse synchronic representation of mood across languages today. It also considers the problems of defining the synchronic grammaticalization of modal categories in present-day typology and the pragmatic issues of the diachronic development of English modal verbs.

Keywords: linguistic modality; grammaticalisation; diachronic sense; English modal verbs; synchronic representation; mood; present-day typology; diachronic development

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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