Probability and necessity in English and German

Salkie, Raphael (2002) Probability and necessity in English and German In: Hasselgard, H., Johansson, S. and Behrens, B., eds. Information structure in a cross-linguistic perspective. Rodopi, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 81-96. ISBN 9042014695

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We take two of the strongest recent analyses of SHOULD and MUST and ask whether they can be applied to modals in German. The ultimate goal is a framework for modality which will have cross-linguistic validity instead of being tailor-made for English. The method, which is part of a larger contrastive project, is to examine the translation equivalents of the English modals in the INTERSECT English-German translation corpus. We find that MUST AND MÜSSEN can be treated in similar ways, but that this is not the case for SHOULD and SOLLEN. We tentatively conclude that the analysis of Larreya and Rivière (1999) has fewer disadvantages than that of Groefsema (1995), though both have problems when extended beyond English.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Subjects: Q000 Languages and Literature - Linguistics and related subjects > Q100 Linguistics
Faculties: Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Languages Editor
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2014 15:37

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