English Modality in Context: Diachronic Perspectives (Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication)

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By: David Hart

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This volume presents a collection of papers which consider the phenomenon of modality in the context of English historical linguistics, in particular as a consequence of changes taking place at the beginning of the Early Modern period. The contributions, representing post-Lightfoot thinking, consider semantic and pragmatic approaches to the question in a generally corpus-based approach. It is essentially a review of modal forms in use, whether they be central or marginal verbal forms or the non-verbal forms which are available in English.

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Paperback: 261 pages

Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers (2003-12-19)

Dimensions (H L W): 75 x 900 x 600

ISBN: 3039100467

EAN: 9783039100460