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Title: Source and strength of modality: an empirical study of root should, ought to and be supposed to
Authors: Verhulst, An * ×
Depraetere, Ilse *
Heyvaert, Liesbet * #
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: North-Holland Pub. Co.
Series Title: Journal of Pragmatics
Abstract: In this paper, we argue that the lack of unanimity on the semantic profile of the modal verbs should, ought to and be supposed to is due to the fact that the parameters that have thus far been used to describe them are insufficiently or inaccurately defined: notions such as ‘source’, ‘subjectivity’ and ‘strength’, which are typically resorted to in the discussion of root necessity, are in need of clarification. At the same time, we show that detailed qualitative analysis of corpus data is needed to test the value of these parameters and move beyond existing contradictory claims.
ISSN: 0378-2166
Publication status: accepted
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Arts, Campus Kortrijk (@ Kulak)
Functional and Cognitive Linguistics: Grammar and Typology (FEST) @ Leuven
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