If-conditionals and Modality: Frequency patterns and theoretical explanations

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


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

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    Conditionals, modality, and Schrödinger’s cat: Conditionals as a family of linguistic qubits

    Gabrielatos, C., 22 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) Re-assessing Modalising Expressions: Categories, Co-text, and Context. Hohaus, P. & Schulze, R. (eds.). John Benjamins

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Pedagogy-driven corpus-based lexicogrammar

    Gabrielatos, C., 31 Jul 2018.

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    If-Conditionals and Modality: Description and Pedagogy

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    4 Dec 2019

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