If-conditionals and Modality: Frequency patterns and theoretical explanations

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Abstract

It has often been claimed that conditionals have a special relation to modality. This study empirically tests this claim by examining the frequency of modal marking in a number of conditional and non-conditional structures using a corpus-based approach. It then seeks to provide explanations for the emerging frequency patterns in light of the tenets of two linguistic theories: Lexical Grammar and Construction Grammar. This juxtaposition was motivated by the significant overlap in their tenets: both theories take into account meaning (semantic and pragmatic), as well as lexical and grammatical factors.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of English Linguistics
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 20 May 2019

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pragmatics
semantics
linguistics
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Modality
Construction Grammar
Lexical Grammar
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Linguistic Theory
Overlap
Special Relations
Semantic Meaning
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Keywords

  • Corpus Linguistics
  • corpus approaches
  • conditionals
  • modality
  • lexical grammar
  • construction grammar
  • theory

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