Paul Portner

Published in print January 2018 | ISBN: 9780199547524
Published online December 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191851179 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Surveys in Semantics and Pragmatics


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The category of mood is widely used in the description of languages and the formal analysis of their grammatical properties. It typically refers to features of a sentence’s form (or a class of sentences which share such features), either individual morphemes or grammatical patterns, which reflect how the sentence contributes to the modal meaning of a larger phrase or which indicates the type of fundamental pragmatic function it has in conversation. The first subtype, verbal mood, includes the categories of indicative and subjunctive subordinate clauses; the second sentence mood, encompasses...

Keywords: mood; modality; subjunctive; indicative; interrogative; declarative; imperative; speech acts; evidentiality

Book.  304 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Semantics ; Linguistics

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