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2010. Some observations on the meaning of modals.

Abstract : This paper highlights a range of facets of meaning of modals that are determined in context, all of which have to be addressed in a model of meaning if it is to be explanatorily adequate. A sketch is drawn of a such a model that differentiates three levels of meaning: context-independent meaning, context-dependent semantics and pragmatic meaning.
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Ilse Depraetere. 2010. Some observations on the meaning of modals.. Cappelle, Bert and Naoaki Wada (eds). Distinctions in English grammar, offered to Renaat Declerck., Tokyo: Kaitakusha., pp.72-91., 2010. ⟨halshs-00849480⟩



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