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Variation in Central Modals

A Repertoire of Forms and Types of Usage in Middle English and Early Modern English

by Maurizio Gotti (Author) Marina Dossena (Author) Richard Dury (Author) Roberta Facchinetti (Author)
Monographs 370 Pages
Series: Linguistic Insights, Volume 4

Summary

This volume presents the results of a research team of the University of Bergamo, whose aim was the analysis of verbal modality in the Helsinki corpus. This corpus includes a large selection of texts compiled in Middle English and Early Modern English and offers a good diatypic coverage, as it contains a wide range of text-types, genres and registers.
Within a common methodological framework, individual chapters measure and analyze the occurrence and semantic values of central modal verbs, relating them to such parameters as text type, speech-relatedness and pragmatic function.
This research project is part of a wider national project aiming to register and comment on the formal variety of modal manifestations and their relative frequency in a range of texts covering approximately four centuries, from about 1300 to 1700.

Details

Pages
370
ISBN (Softcover)
9783906769844
Language
English
Tags
Dynamic English Linguistics History of the English language Modal verbs
Published
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., New York, Oxford, Wien, 2002. 370 pp.

Biographical notes

Maurizio Gotti (Author) Marina Dossena (Author) Richard Dury (Author) Roberta Facchinetti (Author)

The Authors: Maurizio Gotti is Professor of English at the University of Bergamo (Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures). Marina Dossena is Associate Professor of English at the University of Bergamo (Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures). Richard Dury is Associate Professor of English at the University of Bergamo (Faculty of Literature and Philosophy). Roberta Facchinetti is Associate Professor of English at the University of Verona (Faculty of Education). Maria Lima is Associate Professor of English at the University of Salerno (Faculty of Political Science).

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