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Modality: Studies in Form and Function

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"Modality: Studies in Form and Function" reflects the diversity of theoretical frameworks and the heterogeneity of linguistic phenomena under the general heading of modality. Researchers in the fields of logic, philosophy and linguistics have for many years been pondering the elusive nature of modality and grappled with ways of capturing it. The 11 studies included here cover the span from contributions that seek to clarify controversial theoretical constructs to studies which take an empirical approach to linguistic categories and cross-linguistic typological issues. The key concepts addressed are the structure of modal subcategories, subjective versus objective modality, force dynamics, evidentiality, Spanish and English modal auxiliaries, modal uses of Italian tenses, linearization patterns in German verb chains, determinant TAM categories, modal polyfunctionality across languages and rapport management in discourse.

Alex Klinge is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the Copenhagen Business School. His research interests include negation, tense, English nominal compounding and nominal structure in English compared with other Germanic languages. Henrik HA eg Muller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish at the Copenhagen Business School. His research interests include Spanish modal auxiliaries, nominal compounding and determination.

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