Modality and Subordinators

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title = "Modality and Subordinators",
abstract = "This book connects two linguistic phenomena, modality and subordinators, so that both are seen in a new light, each adding to the understanding of the other. It argues that general subordinators (or complementizers) denote propositional modality (otherwise expressed by moods such as the indicative-subjunctive and epistemic-evidential modal markers). The book explores the hypothesis both on a cross-linguistic and on a language-branch specific level (the Germanic languages). One obvious connection between the indicative-subjunctive distinction and subordinators is that the former is typically manifested in subordinate clauses. Furthermore, both the indicative-subjunctive and subordinators determine clause types. More importantly, however, it is shown, through data from various languages, that subordinators themselves often denote the indicative-subjunctive distinction. In the Germanic languages, there is variation in many clause types between both the indicative and the subjunctive and that and if depending on the speaker{\textquoteright}s and/or the subject{\textquoteright}s certainty of the truth of the proposition.",
keywords = "Propositional modality, Germanic languages, Realis-Irrealis, Subordination, Language Typology",
author = "Jackie Nordstr{\"o}m",
note = "The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Swedish (015011001)",
year = "2010",
language = "English",
isbn = "978 90 272 0583 4",
volume = "116",
series = "Studies in Language Companion Series",
publisher = "John Benjamins Publishing Company",
address = "Netherlands",