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Modality, subjectivity, and semantic change : a cross-linguistic perspective

Author: Heiko Narrog
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is a cross-linguistic exploration of semantic and functional change in modal markers. With a focus on Japanese and to a lesser extent Chinese the book is a countercheck to hypotheses built  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Heiko Narrog
ISBN: 9780199694372 0199694370
OCLC Number: 1026172485
Description: xiii, 333 p. : il. ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction ; 2. Modality and Subjectivity ; 3. Modality and Semantic Change ; 4. Illustrating the Model - some case studies ; 5. Cross-linguistic Patterns of Polysemy and Change Within Modality and Mood ; 6. Shifts Between Types of Modality in Traditional Terms ; 7. Into (and out of) Modality ; 8. Conclusions ; Appendix ; References
Responsibility: Heiko Narrog.

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A fresh perspective on modality that is essential reading for anyone working on modality amd semantic changes in modals. * Elizabeth Closs Traugott, Stanford University *

 
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