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Covert Patterns of Modality by Werner Abraham

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Author
Werner Abraham
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Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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450
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9781443840590
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Hardcover
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This typological overview compares to what degree different languages have means to give expression to modality (possibility, necessity) without lexical and direct inflectional means. The criterial patterns derive from a variety of languages such as German, English, Chinese, French, Scandinavian, Italian, Rumanian, Russian, Polish, and Gothic as well as Old High German. They encompass mainly the auxiliaries HAVE and BE together with either an infinitival embedding of a full verb linked by the infinitival preposition TO or other aspectual means. It will be seen that what appear as typical covert modal expressions in the Germanic languages, and Indo-European in a wider sense, cannot be seen as a recurrent pattern in non-Indo-European languages. Yet, there are recurrent and plausible forms that allow for generalizations.


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