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Modals and quasi-modals in English

Author: Peter Collins
Publisher: Amsterdam ; New York, NY : Rodopi, 2009.
Series: Language and computers, no. 67.
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Modals and Quasi-modals in English reports the findings of a corpus-based study of the modals and a set of semantically-related 'quasi-modals' in English. The study is the largest and most comprehensive to date in this area, and is informed by recent developments in the study of modality, including grammaticalization and recent diachronic change. The selection of the parallel corpora used, representing British,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Collins, Peter, 1950-
Modals and quasi-modals in English.
Amsterdam ; New York, NY : Rodopi, 2009
(OCoLC)317753779
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Collins
ISBN: 9781441606563 1441606564 9789042025325 9042025328 9789042029095 9042029099
OCLC Number: 320340703
Description: 1 online resource (193 pages).
Contents: Contents; Preface; Chapter 1 Introduction; Chapter 2 Theoretical preliminaries; Chapter 3 Necessity and obligation; Chapter 4 Possibility, permission and ability; Chapter 5 Prediction and volition; Chapter 6 Conclusion; Appendix; References; Index.
Series Title: Language and computers, no. 67.
Responsibility: Peter Collins.

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Modals and Quasi-modals in English reports the findings of a corpus-based study of the modals and a set of semantically-related 'quasi-modals' in English. The study is the largest and most comprehensive to date in this area, and is informed by recent developments in the study of modality, including grammaticalization and recent diachronic change. The selection of the parallel corpora used, representing British, American and Australian English, was designed to facilitate the exploration of both regional and stylistic variation.

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"This book is an excellent and timely quantitative study, and a solid starting point for further research" in: English Language and Linguistics, Vol. 17/1 (2013)

 
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