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On the Representation of Modality

Evelyn N. Ransom
Linguistics and Philosophy
Vol. 1, No. 3 (1977), pp. 357-379
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25000969
Page Count: 23
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On the Representation of Modality
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Abstract

In this paper I argue that noun complement modality cannot be treated as dependent on the meanings of lexical embedding predicates or of abstract performatives. Using two types of complement modalities, I show that their meanings and restrictions remain distinct and invariable regardless of the meanings of their embedding predicates. Then, using embedding predicates that can take both types of modalities, I show that the embedding predicates retain their meanings, regardless of the different modalities of their complements, and they can undergo deletions requiring their identity.

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