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Resource Splitting and Reintegration with Supplementals

Arnold, D and Sadler, L (2011) Resource Splitting and Reintegration with Supplementals. In: UNSPECIFIED, ? - ?.

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Abstract

In this paper we survey the various ways of expressing modality in Urdu/Hindi and show that Urdu/Hindi modals provide interesting insights on current discussions of the semantics of modality. There are very few dedicated modals in Urdu/Hindi: most of which has been arrived at constructionally via a combination of a certain kind of verb with a certain kind of embedded verb form and a certain kind of case. Among the range of constructions yielded by such combinations, there is evidence for a two-place modal operator in addition to the one-place operator usually assumed in the literature. We also discuss instances of the Actuality Entailment, which had been shown to be sensitive to aspect, but in Urdu/Hindi appears to be sensitive to aspect only some of the time, depending on the type of modal verb. Indeed, following recent proposals by Ramchand (2011), we end up with a purely lexical account of modality and the Actuality Entailment, rather than the structural one put forward by Hacquard (2010).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Additional Information: Published proceedings: _not provided_
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2012 15:07
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2018 18:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/4176

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