Revisiting Modality

A corpus-based study of epistemic adverbs in Galician

ORCID logoVítor Míguez | Instituto da Lingua Galega / Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
ISBN 9789027214737 | EUR 120.00 | USD 156.00
ISBN 9789027246981 | EUR 120.00 | USD 156.00
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This book presents the first in-depth investigation of modality in Galician linguistics, offering a theoretical discussion of modal categories and a fine-grained description of epistemic adverbs. The first half of the monograph deconstructs the most relevant approaches to modal categories and shows how the traditional concept of modality is a problematic notion, how it relates to other concepts such as evidentiality and mitigation, and how it ought to be conceived of in order to become a more useful instrument for linguistic analysis. A new way of understanding modality is explored and illustrated through Galician examples. The second half of the book zooms in on six epistemic adverbs, which are exhaustively studied from both a formal and a functional perspective. Combining a quantitative and a qualitative perspective, the book shows that adverbs make up a rich semantic scale and establishes several factors that condition their occurrence in discourse, challenging previous conceptions of this grammatical domain.
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 40] 2024.  xvii, 234 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents

Main BIC Subject

CFK: Grammar, syntax

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009060: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2024006904 | Marc record