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Modality, Subjectivity, and Semantic Change: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective

Heiko Narrog


This book deals with the issue of subjectivity (and intersubjectivity) in modality from a synchronic perspective, and from a diachronic perspective more generally with semantic change in modality, including the tendencies of subjectification and intersubjectification. This book argues for a definition of modality in terms of factivity independent of subjectivity or speaker attitudes. Instead, (inter)subjectivity, re‐conceptualized as speech‐act orientation is taken as a dimension in identifying different types of modality together with volitivity. The following diachronic part of the book trie ... More

Keywords: modality, semantic change, subjectivity, subjectification, intersubjectivity, intersubjectification, grammaticalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199694372
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694372.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heiko Narrog, author
GSICS, Tohoku University