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Leszek Szymański - The Interaction of Negated Must and Grammatical Aspect in Contemporary American English – an Empirical Contribution to Aspect-modality Interaction Studies
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University of Zielona Góra
The Interaction of Negated Must and Grammatical Aspect in Contemporary American English – an Empirical Contribution to Aspect-modality Interaction Studies
Modality has been within the interest of thinkers since Aristotelean times. As much as this concept is philosophical in its nature, modality has also raised the interest of linguists. This is so because natural languages provide inventories of linguistic devices which enable people to express modality.
The present study addresses the notion of modality from the point of view of language sciences. Existing research recognizes the category of aspect as a significant factor influencing modality. This is so because certain patterns of modality-aspect interaction have been proposed (see, for example, Abraham 2008, Abraham and Leiss 2008, Kotin 2012). These generalizations refer to the convergence of the perfective aspect of the main verb and root modality, as well as the imperfective aspect and epistemic modality. Additionally, clausal negation followed by the perfective aspect is claimed to entail the expression of epistemic modality (after Abraham 2008: 6).
Following this argumentation, the study portrayed in this paper addresses the issue of modality-aspect interaction, with the application of the empirical methodology of corpus linguistics. The scope of the analysis in question has been narrowed down to one English modal auxiliary must followed by the negative adverb not within the matrix predicate. Hence, the central issue scrutinized in this paper is...
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