Modality and subordinators by Jackie Nordström

By Jackie Nordström

This e-book connects linguistic phenomena, modality and subordinators, in order that either are visible in a brand new gentle, each one including to the certainty of the opposite. It argues that common subordinators (or complementizers) denote propositional modality (otherwise expressed via moods resembling the indicative-subjunctive and epistemic-evidential modal markers). The ebook explores the speculation either on a cross-linguistic and on a language-branch particular point (the Germanic languages). One noticeable connection among the indicative-subjunctive contrast and subordinators is that the previous is usually manifested in subordinate clauses. in addition, either the indicative-subjunctive and subordinators verify clause kinds. extra importantly, despite the fact that, it truly is proven, via information from a number of languages, that subordinators themselves frequently denote the indicative-subjunctive contrast. within the Germanic languages, there's version in lots of clause varieties among either the indicative and the subjunctive and that and if counting on the speaker’s and/or the subject’s sure bet of the reality of the proposition.

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