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Title: Hypothetical Modality
Written By: Debra Ziegeler
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 51

This book marks a new development in the field of grammaticalisation studies, in that it extends the field of grammaticalisation studies from relatively homogeneous languages to those possessing well-established and institutionalised second language varieties. In Hypothetical Modality, special reference is made to Singaporean English, a native-speaker L2 dialect of considerable importance in the South-East Asian region, and to the expression in the dialect of hypothetical modality, which appears to be indistinguishable from non-hypothetical modality in terms of the use of preterite or past forms of modal verbs. Within a grammaticalisation framework, a number of factors can be seen to be relevant to an explanation, including substratum and contact features such as tense/aspect marking, levels of lexical retention as an individual (psychological) phenomenon, and the fact that such dialects have a discontinuity in their development. In addition, the book defines pragmatic approaches to the understanding of hypothetical modality, in both diachronic and synchronic terms.

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1556199376
ISBN-13: 9781556199370
Prices: U.S. $ 155
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027230544
ISBN-13: N/A
Prices: NLG 170.00