Modality in English: Theory and Description by Johan van der Auwera, Pierre Busuttil, Raphael Salkie

By Johan van der Auwera, Pierre Busuttil, Raphael Salkie

This quantity provides strongly empirical, corpus-based reviews of quite a number English modal auxiliaries and modal structures in particular makes use of. It additionally techniques many of the vintage matters within the box of modality from new views, particularly that of the ??;Theory of Enunciative Operations?? built by means of the French linguist Antoine Culioli and his colleagues.

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A t-factual interpretation of the before-clause would be triggered by the past tense: (8) I saw Sam before she saw me. ’ Note that there is reference to two different past t-worlds here: that in which my seeing Sam is t-factual and that in which Sam seeing me is t-factual. ) Non-yet-factual at time t’ 41 A (purely) counterfactual interpretation of the before-clause situation would be triggered by the conditional perfect: (9a) I saw Sam just before she would have seen me [if I had not quickly turned into a side street].

E. ‘envisaged as factual in a hypothetical world that might exist at a time posterior to t’. (Envisage thus refers to something weaker than prediction. ) We thus claim that the factuality value ‘not-yet-factual at t’ is a combination of the values ‘t-counterfactual’ and ‘t-hypothetical’. Since such a combination is different from either of the constituting values, it follows that there are actually four theoretically possible factuality values for some t-worlds, viz. [+ factual], [+ (purely) counterfactual], [+ (purely) hypothetical] and [+ not-yet-factual].

New York, San Francisco, London: Academic Press. Larreya, Paul 1984 Le Possible et le Nécessaire: Modalités et Auxiliaires Modaux en Anglais Britannique. Paris: Nathan. 2001a Modal verbs and the expression of futurity in English, French and Italian. Belgian Journal of Linguistics 14: 115–129. 2001b La grammaticalisation du non–dit: le cas de la modalité épistémique. ), 107–127. Tours: GRAAT. A typology of modality 2003 29 Irrealis, past time reference and modality. In Modality in Contemporary English, Roberta Facchinetti, Manfred Krug, and Frank R.

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