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- DescriptionThis handbook offers an in depth and comprehensive state of the art survey of the linguistic domains of modality and mood. An international team of experts in the field examine the full range of methodological and theoretical approaches to the many facets of the phemena involved. Following an opening section that provides an introduction and historical background to the topic, the volume is divided into five parts. Parts 1 and 2 present the basic linguistic facts about the systems of modality and mood in the languages of the world, covering the semantics and the expression of different subtypes of modality and mood respectively. The authors also examine the interaction of modality and mood, mutually and with other semantic categories such as aspect, time, negation, and evidentiality. In Part 3, authors discuss the features of the modality and mood systems in five typologically different language groups, while chapters in Part 4 deal with wider perspectives on modality and mood: diachrony, areality, first language acquisition, and sign language. Finally, Part 5 looks at how modality and mood are handled in different theoretical approaches: formal syntax, functional linguistics, cognitive linguistics and construction grammar, and formal semantics.
- Author BiographyJan Nuyts is a Professor in the Linguistics Department at the University of Antwerp, having previously held positions at the universities of Salzburg, Amsterdam, Berkeley, and Heidelberg, and at the Max-Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen. His main research area is cognitive-functional semantics. His current focus of attention concerns the cognitive and functional structure of time-aspect-modality or qualificational categories - and the modal categories in particular - and their linguistic expressions, synchronically and diachronically, and what one can learn from them. Johan van der Auwera is Professor of General and English Linguistics at the University of Antwerp, and editor-in-chief of the journal Linguistics. As a student and postdoctoral researcher he spent time at the universities of Antwerp, Berkeley, Stockholm, Hanover, and Nijmegen, alongside visiting appointments in Paris, Princeton, Gothenburg, Hong Kong, Kyoto, and Bangkok. His current research focuses on grammatical semantics and typology (including areal typology and dialectology), with special reference to mood, modality, negation, indefinites, and impersonals.
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication28/07/2016
- Series TitleOxford Handbooks in Linguistics
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Weight1294 g
- Width190 mm
- Height248 mm
- Spine39 mm
- Edited byJan Nuyts,Johan van der Auwera
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