By Peter Collins

Modals and Quasi-modals in English stories the findings of a corpus-based research of the modals and a suite of semantically-related ‘quasi-modals’ in English. The learn is the biggest and so much finished so far during this region, and is expert by way of fresh advancements within the learn of modality, together with grammaticalization and up to date diachronic switch. the choice of the parallel corpora used, representing British, American and Australian English, was once designed to facilitate the exploration of either nearby and stylistic variation.

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