Get this from a library modality in english theory and description raphael salkie pierre busuttil johan van der auwera this volume presents two kinds of studies on english modality on the one hand there are strongly empirical corpus based studies of individual uses of english modal auxiliaries and modal . A special place is given to work that approaches the english modals from the perspective of the theory of enunciative operations developed by the french linguist antoine culioli and his colleagues thus the book provides new perspectives and answers on basic questions about modality in general and its expression in english in particular. On the one hand there are strongly empirical corpus based studies of individual uses of english modal auxiliaries and modal constructions such as may in interrogatives might in concessive clauses shall and may vs must in legal english the use of surprised if and surprising if constructions the use and history of adhortative constructions or the modal aspectual use of come to in i came . Presents corpus based studies of a range of english modal auxiliaries and modal constructions in specific uses this work approaches some of the classic issues in the field of modality from fresh read more
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