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Norwegian Modals

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ISBN-10: 3110179962

ISBN-13: 9783110179965

Edition: 2006

Authors: Kristin Melum Eide

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Norwegian Modals is a detailed description of the syntactic and semantic properties of modals in Norwegian. The author thoroughly and critically evaluates previous proposals from the modality literature, focusing on argument structure, scopal properties and the interplay of modals with tense and aspect. After presenting a range of new data and generalizations, the author proposes a new analysis, incorporating recent developments in generative linguistic theory and the construction of a new compositional tense system. This investigation is highly relevant for the study of modals and modality in Germanic and other languages. It will also be of value to linguists working on argument structure,…    
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List price: $196.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Publication date: 2/21/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 469
Size: 6.10" wide x 9.06" long x 0.48" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

Norwegian modals: main verbs and auxiliaries
The central subjects of this investigation
The root-epistemic distinction
The framework
The data
Norwegian Modals: the Facts
Morphological characteristics
Semantic characteristics
A brief overview of some central modality terms
Two seminal formal semantic descriptions of modals
A semantic field of modality
The semantic properties of Norwegain modals
Modals, readings and n-place relations
Syntactic characteristics
Complements of Norwegian modals
Modals, ellipsis, and tags
Summary of findings
Summary and preliminary inventory
Examining our results
Three potential candidates
Final inventory and inventories of seven other languages
Norwegian modals: final inventory
Inventories of modals in seven other languages
Analyzing Modals: a Survey of Recent Proposals
Two central notions
Functional projections
Some earlier proposals
Roberts (1985)
Roberts (1993)
Roberts and Roussou (2002, 2003)
Cinque (1999)
Vikner (1988)
Thrainsson and Vikner (1995)
Barbiers (1995, 2002)
Lodrup (1996a)
Dyvik (1999)
Wurmbrand (1999, 2001)
Butler (2003)
van Gelderen (2003, 2004)
Picallo (1990)
Modals and theta-roles
Insertion or merger point of root and non-root modals
Norwegian Modals: Argument Structure
The control versus raising analysis
Modals in pseudoclefts
The relevant generalization: [plus or minus] proposition scope
The pseudocleft construction
Modals and subject scope
Competing for subject positions: Theta relations vs. subject scope
The argument from nobody/somebody
The argument from some/every
The argument from the ambiguity of indefinites
Subject-orientedness and subject positions
Reanalysis verbs
Raising verbs and pseudoclefts
The Case solution
The "op" solution
The ungoverned trace
Access to subject positions
[plus or minus] Theta-role
Explaining subject-orientedness
It is not a real Theta-role
Occational redefinition of argument structure
Double entries
Optional Theta-assignment
Hornstein (1998, 1999, 2000)
Optional versus obligatory Theta-assigners
Evaluating the alternatives
The source of modality: Two semantic levels
Norwegian Modals, Aspect and Tense
Tense and aspect
Aspect and tense of complements
Directional small clauses
The perfect
The progressive
The iterative
Modality, tense, and aspect: Scope, readings, and universality
Creole TMA systems and universalist hypotheses
A digression on mood and modality
TMA markers in Norwegian
Modal-aspectual sequences in other languages
Universalist approaches and the modal-tense-aspectual data
Modals and the perfect
Modals and tense
The positions of modals
A compositional tense system for Norwegian
Julien (2000a, 2001)
A different approach
Tense chains and temporal relations
The preterite
The present
The infinitive
The past participle and the perfect
The function of ha 'have'
The properties of the complement: tense and aspect
Default and override
Truth values and tenses, verbs and directionals
The tense properties of root and non-root modals
The tense of root modals
The tense of non-root modals
Non-root modals and finiteness
Non-root modals for the past and future
Sequence of tenses, non-root modals, and generics
Summing up
Summing up
The facts
Earlier proposals
Argument structure
Modals, aspect, and tense
Concluding remarks