Mood and Modality

Mood and Modality

Paperback Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics

By (author) F. R. Palmer, By (author) P. Austin, Series edited by John Bresnan, Series edited by B. Comrie, Series edited by S. Crain, Series edited by W. Dressler, Series edited by C. Ewen, Series edited by R. Lass, Series edited by David Lightfoot, Series edited by K. Rice

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  • Format: Paperback | 260 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 224mm x 20mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 13 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521804795
  • ISBN 13: 9780521804790
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 490,303

Product description

Since the publication of F. R. Palmer's first edition of Mood and Modality in 1986, when the topic of 'modality' was fairly unfamiliar, there has been considerable interest in the subject as well as in grammatical typology in general. Modality is concerned with mood (subjunctive etc.) and with modal markers such as English modal verbs (can, may, must etc.) and is treated as a single grammatical category found in most of the languages of the world. In his investigation of this category, Palmer draws on a wealth of examples from a wide variety of languages. He discusses in detail familiar features in a number of mainly European languages, and also looks at less familiar features including 'evidential' systems and the contrast of realis/irrealis, both to be found in unrelated languages.

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'These are complex areas ... and as a basic guide to the problems and the terminology in the field this is a valuable book.' Raphael Salkie, MLR

Table of contents

Preface; Note on the text; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. Modal systems: propositional modality; 3. Modal systems: event modality; 4. Modal systems and modal verbs; 5. Indicative and subjunctive; 6. Realis and Irrealis; 7. Subjunctive and irrealis; 8. Past tense as modal; References; Language index; General index.