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 tests this claim empirically 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 substantial overlap in their tenets: both take into account meaning (semantic and pragmatic), as well as lexical and grammatical factors.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)301-334
    Number of pages34
    JournalJournal of English Linguistics
    Volume47
    Issue number4
    Early online date9 Dec 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2019

    Keywords

    • Corpus Linguistics
    • corpus approaches
    • conditionals
    • modality
    • lexical grammar
    • construction grammar
    • theory
    • Construction Grammar
    • Lexical Grammar
    • corpus linguistics

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