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Editors Modals and Quasi-modals in English


Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach

An area of linguistic research can be considered mature when the validity of theoretical and empirical results is tested cross-linguistically and when predictions from different languages influence and modify the course of theoretical development. The semantics/pragmatics interface poses a special challenge in this respect because of its interdisciplinary and multi-theoretical nature. This volume attempts to bridge the gap between theory and empirical analysis by focussing on several aspects of the semantics and the pragmatics of Spanish from a variety of theoretical points of view. Some of the papers were selected from those presented at the International Conference "Semantics and Pragmatics of Spanish" (Ohio State University, 1999). Others are invited contributions from leading scholars in the field. Among the topics covered are several that have been the subject of intense debate, whereas others represent subtle data patterns not considered so far. The topics include the proper characterization of tense and aspect, the subjunctive, verbal periphrases, stage/individual level predication, the interpretation of infinitives in embedded and adjunct clauses, the subjunctive mood, demonstratives, quantification of excess, exception phrases, binding phenomena, propositional negative polarity items, particles of politeness, and pronominal doubling. Overall, the analysis of these subjects contributes new findings to prominent theories in the field, such as possible world semantics, relevance theory, mental spaces, type coercion, generalized quantifier theory, dynamic semantics, and the theory of logical form.


Peter Collins

Modals and Quasi-modals in English reports the findings of a corpus-based study of the modals and a set of semantically-related ‘quasi-modals’ in English. The study is the largest and most comprehensive to date in this area, and is informed by recent developments in the study of modality, including grammaticalization and recent diachronic change. The selection of the parallel corpora used, representing British, American and Australian English, was designed to facilitate the exploration of both regional and stylistic variation.

Anthony D. Yates and Sam Zukoff

already established independently for TRVX - roots in reduplication (cf. (16) above) and STVX - roots in isolation (cf. (20) and (23) above). The tableau in (24) illustrates this prediction. (24) Reduplication of STVX - bases: /stu-/ → [i stu -stu

Anthony D. Yates

surface, otherwise ADA assigns default leftmost ictus . (14) Culminativity ≫ Pros-Faith ≫ Align- L Its predictions may be illustrated using the Vedic data already presented in (10) above. A mobile root

Christoph Bross, Dieter Gunkel and Kevin M. Ryan

caesurae in 4×14. Nor can it be attributed to the difficulty of metrifying relatively long words in meters with relatively short cola. That would make the opposite prediction. For example, although 5-syllable words can be metrified more comfortably in 4×12 (5+4+3) than in 4×14 (4+3+4+3), the latter

Variation versus Change

Clausal Clitics between Homer and Herodotus

David M. Goldstein

alleged set of rules in Herodotus are supposed to interact. If the old rule is still partially active, when should we expect it to be operative and when to be ineffectual? In the end, his account does not make clear predictions, so it is impossible to evaluate it. It is unsettling that his view has

Adam I. Cooper

and sonorant consonants, while ‘–’ indicates a logically impossible combination of syllabic and sonorant consonants. Lastly, numbers in bold indicate a combination of syllabic and sonorant consonants in line with predictions based on sonority (see below). For languages in which only

Jessica DeLisi

complex onsets and codas in American English: Testing the predictions of a gestural coupling model. Motor Control 14.380–407. Marotta, Giovanna. 1999. The Latin syllable. The syllable: Views and facts , ed. by Harry van der Hulst and Nancy A. Ritter. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. McMahon, April

Chiara Bozzone

PIE ; what are the specific predictions that membership in the system does for each language. 5 As I will argue below, this adjective class was quite different from the adjective classes attested in the daughter languages. It had a verb-like morphosyntactic profile, similar to the class of -i