On the Adequacy of constructionist approach to modality

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On the Adequacy of constructionist approach to modality

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title On the Adequacy of constructionist approach to modality
Author Wärnsby, Anna
Date 2016
English abstract
When speakers are confronted with modal expressions in their native language, specifically those that contain a modal verb, they are able to interpret these expressions epistemic or non-epistemic, for example. But what enables the speakers to interpret these modal expressions instantly and accurately despite the inevitably complex explanation any linguistic theory needs evil to account for this? Modality, modals and modal interpretations are among those universal tension points where the explanatory value of any theoretical construct is sorely tested. This paper raises some questions about the adequacy of applying Construction Grammar (Goldberg 1995, 2006) as a method of analysis of expressions containing modal verbs.In particular, the following issues are discussed: (i)the necessity to postulate a great number of constructions to account for a modal utterance, (ii) the theoretically unrestricted scope of a construction and (iii) the ever-present problem of indeterminate modal utterances.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1075/cf.8.1.03war (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher John Benjamins Publishing Company
Host/Issue Construction and Frames;1
Volume 8
ISSN 1876-1933
Pages 40-53
Language eng (iso)
Subject modality
modals
Construction Grammar
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/21835 Permalink to this page
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