Modal Expressions in English

Modal Expressions in English

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This work, which is both theoretical and descriptive, covers the entire range of modal expressions in English. It is organized so that the more general issues are dealt with first, followed by a more detailed analysis of the semantics of modal expressions. It is then supplemented by an assessment of how such an analysis is relevant to pragmatic and developmental perspectives on the expression of modality.It is often extremely difficult to give a precise interpretation of the sense in which a given modal is being used, even with older children (cf. ... What is clear from Wellsa#39; data, however, is that the modals in the language of young children are restricted in their usage and that ... a reasonably consistent picture, the only outstanding difference being the extremely high incidence of HAVE GOT TO in Wellsa#39; dataanbsp;...

Title:Modal Expressions in English
Author: Michael R. Perkins
Publisher:Praeger Pub Text - 1983-01-01

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