Search for dissertations about: "modal verbs"

Showing result 1 - 5 of 7 swedish dissertations containing the words modal verbs.

  1. 1. (De)coding Modality : The Case of Must, May, Måste and Kan

    University dissertation from English Studies

    Author : Anna Wärnsby; [2006]
    Keywords : HUMANIORA; HUMANITIES; English language and literature; semiotics; syntax; modal verbs; modality; English-Swedish Parallel Corpus; epistemic; deontic; dynamic; indeterminacy; Controllability; Transitivity; Data Mining; pragmatics; Engelska språk och litteratur ; semantics; Grammar; Grammatik; semantik; semiotik;

    Abstract : This study investigates the mechanisms of (de)coding modality, focusing on the interpretation of utterances containing the modals must, may, måste, and kan. The main research question posed in this study is what enables the interlocutors to interpret modal expressions so that communicative goals are achieved. READ MORE

  2. 2. Finite verbs in Ngarla (Pama-Nyungan, Ngayarta)

    University dissertation from Uppsala : Uppsala universitet

    Author : Torbjörn Westerlund; Anju Saxena; Åke Viberg; Alan Dench; William McGregor; [2013]
    Keywords : HUMANIORA; HUMANITIES; Ngarla; Pama-Nyungan; Ngayarta; Aboriginal Australians; grammar; verb; morphology; syntax; tense; aspect; mood; Linguistics; Lingvistik;

    Abstract : This thesis provides a description of finite verbs in the moribund Australian language Ngarla (Pama-Nyungan, Ngayarta). Ngarla has previously been spoken in the Pilbara region of northwestern Western Australia, and all the linguistic material used in the thesis has the late Ngarla elder Alexander (Nyapiri) Brown as its source. READ MORE

  3. 3. Towards a semantics of linguistic time exploring some basic time concepts with special reference to English and Krio

    University dissertation from Uppsala : Uppsala universitet

    Author : Johan Nordlander; []
    Keywords : HUMANIORA; HUMANITIES; English; Krio; distinction; tense; temporality; mood; modality; aspect; aspectuality; nucleus; dynamicity; verbal constituency; verbal situation; phase; stative; state; processive; process; eventive; event; telic; bounded; Kreolspråk; Sierra Leone; Krio språk ; syntax; Västafrika;

    Abstract : Using English and the West-African creole language Krio as the objects of investigation, this study proposes an analysis in which verbs and the paradigms pertaining to verbs are conceived of as being the only direct carriers of linguistic time encoding. The fundamental assumption is that nominals encode substance, be it concrete or abstract, and that verbals encode abstract substance with time. READ MORE

  4. 4. Qualifying Standpoints Stance adverbs as a presentational device for managing the burden of proof

    University dissertation from Utrecht, Netherlands : LOT

    Author : Assimakis Tseronis; Ton van Haaften; Frans van Eemeren; [2009]

    Abstract : A number of studies from pragmatics and discourse analysis have investigated the function of stance adverbs, such as clearly, fortunately, frankly, perhaps, and technically, when used to qualify utterances. Within the field of argumentation studies, scholars who have paid attention to these words have primarily focused on the so-called modal adverbs, and have not considered the insights that can be gained by treating the class of stance adverbs as the linguistic realisation of a certain move in an argumentative discussion. READ MORE

  5. 5. Expectations and Linguistic Meaning

    University dissertation from Lund University Cognitive Science Kungshuset, LundagårdSE-222 22 LUND [email protected]

    Author : Simon Winter; [1998]
    Keywords : HUMANIORA; HUMANITIES; Philology; covariation; linguistic meaning; cognition; expectations; evolution; conventionalization; pragmatics-semanticscontinuum; dialogue dynamics; shareability; referentialcommunication; ontology; deontic and epistemic modality; breakdown analysis; Språkvetenskap;

    Abstract : What is the relation between the words in language and our everyday actions? Are linguistic structures dependent on our actions, or does language function on its own? This thesis deals with the pragmatic foundations of language and proposes a model of meaning in language that is based on our expectations about the world and about other people. On this view, language is seen as composed of three functional layers of pragmatics, semantics and morpho-syntax, with each layer having a certain autonomy: semantics captures useful generalizations from the pragmatic level, and morpho-syntax captures generalizations from the semantic level. READ MORE