The Oxford Handbook of Modality and Mood

ISBN : 9780199591435

Jan Nuyts; Johan van der Auwera
688 Pages
190 x 248 mm
Pub date
Jul 2016
Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics
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This handbook offers an in depth and comprehensive state of the art survey of the linguistic domains of modality and mood. An international team of experts in the field examine the full range of methodological and theoretical approaches to the many facets of the phenomena involved. Following an opening section that provides an introduction and historical background to the topic, the volume is divided into five parts. Parts 1 and 2 present the basic linguistic facts about the systems of modality and mood in the languages of the world, covering the semantics and the expression of different subtypes of modality and mood respectively. The authors also examine the interaction of modality and mood, mutually and with other semantic categories such as aspect, time, negation, and evidentiality. In Part 3, authors discuss the features of the modality and mood systems in five typologically different language groups, while chapters in Part 4 deal with wider perspectives on modality and mood: diachrony, areality, first language acquisition, and sign language. Finally, Part 5 looks at how modality and mood are handled in different theoretical approaches: formal syntax, functional linguistics, cognitive linguistics and construction grammar, and formal semantics.


1: Surveying modality and mood: An introduction, Jan Nuyts
2: The history of modality and mood, Johan van der Auwera and Alfonso Zamorano Aguilar

Part I: Semantics of Modality and Mood
3: Analyses of the modal meanings, Jan Nuyts
4: Interactions between modality and other semantic categories, Mario Squartini
5: Analyses of the semantics of mood, Irina Nikolaeva

Part II: The Expression of Modality and Mood
6: The expression of non-epistemic modal categories, Heiko Narrog
7: The expression of epistemic modality, Kasper Boye
8: The linguistic marking of sentence types, Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
9: The linguistic marking of (ir)realis and subjunctive, Caterina Mauri and Andrea Sansò
10: The linguistic interaction of mood with modality and other categories, Andrej Malchukov and Viktor Xrakovskij

Part III: Sketches of Modality and Mood Systems
11: Modality and mood in Iroquoian, Marianne Mithun
12: Modality and mood in Chadic, Zygmunt Frayzyngier
13: Modality and mood in Sinitic, Hilary Chappell and Alain Peyraube
14: Modality and mood in Oceanic, Frantisek Lichtenberk
15: Modality and mood in Standard Average European, Daniel Van Olmen and Johan van der Auwera

Part IV
16: The diachrony of modality and mood, Debra Ziegeler
17: Areality in modality and mood, Björn Hansen and Umberto Ansaldo
18: Modality and mood in first language acquisition, Maya Hickmann and Dominique Bassano
19: Modality and mood in American Sign Language, Barbara Shaffer and Terry Janzen

Part V
20: Modality and mood in formal syntactic approaches, Katrin Axel-Tober and Remus Gergel
21: Modality and mood in functional linguistic approaches, Karin Aijmer
22: Modality and mood in cognitive linguistics and construction grammars, Ronny Boogaart and Egbert Fortuin
23: Modality and mood in formal semantics, Magdalena Kaufmann and Stefan Kaufmann

About the author: 

Jan Nuyts is a Professor in the Linguistics Department at the University of Antwerp, having previously held positions at the universities of Salzburg, Amsterdam, Berkeley, and Heidelberg, and at the Max-Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen. His main research area is cognitive-functional semantics. His current focus of attention concerns the cognitive and functional structure of time-aspect-modality or qualificational categories - and the modal categories in particular - and their linguistic expressions, synchronically and diachronically, and what one can learn from them. ; Johan van der Auwera is Professor of General and English Linguistics at the University of Antwerp, and editor-in-chief of the journal Linguistics. As a student and postdoctoral researcher he spent time at the universities of Antwerp, Berkeley, Stockholm, Hanover, and Nijmegen, alongside visiting appointments in Paris, Princeton, Gothenburg, Hong Kong, Kyoto, and Bangkok. His current research focuses on grammatical semantics and typology (including areal typology and dialectology), with special reference to mood, modality, negation, indefinites, and impersonals.

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