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Modality

Author: Paul Portner
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Series: Oxford linguistics.; Oxford surveys in semantics and pragmatics.
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"This is a book about semantic theories of modality. Its main goal is to explain and evaluate important contemporary theories within linguistics and to discuss a wide range of linguistic phenomena from the perspective of these theories. The introduction describes the variety of grammatical phenomena associated with modality, explaining why modal verbs, adjectives, and adverbs represent the core phenomena. Chapters  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Portner
ISBN: 9780199292431 0199292434 9780199292424 0199292426
OCLC Number: 244417447
Notes: Series statement "Oxford linguistics" from jacket.
Description: x, 288 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Contents: List of Figures and Tables --
Acknowledgments --
General Preface --
Introduction --
Modal Logic --
Major Linguistic Theories of Modality --
Sentential Modality --
Modality and Other Intensional Categories --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Oxford linguistics.; Oxford surveys in semantics and pragmatics.
Responsibility: Paul Portner.
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This comprehensive review and critical synthesis of research on modality focuses on formal theories within linguistics and related aspects of philosophical logic. It will be welcomed by students of  Read more...

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This is a most welcome, challenging and insightful book...an invaluable source of information for both students and senior researchers in linguistic semantics. Ferenc Keifer, The Journal of Read more...

 
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