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By Adeline Patard, Frank Brisard

This quantity addresses difficulties of semantics in regards to the research of demanding and element (TA) markers in various languages, together with Arabic, Croatian, English, French, German, Russian, Thai, and Turkish. Its major curiosity is going out to epistemic makes use of of such markers, wherein epistemic modality is known as indicating “a measure of compatibility among the modal international and the real international” (Declerck). All contributions, furthermore, take on those difficulties from a roughly cognitive standpoint, with a few of them insisting at the have to offer a unifying reason for all utilization varieties, temporal and non-temporal, and them all accepting the basis that the semantics of TA different types basically refers to subjective, instead of aim, issues. the amount additionally represents one of many first makes an attempt to assemble money owed of TA marking (in a variety of languages) which are explicitly set in the framework of Cognitive Grammar. eventually, this quantity goals to give a contribution to developing an understanding that modal which means parts are at once proper to the research of the grammar of time.

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The assumed relation may be that of identity (=closed condition), possible identity (=open condition), likely nonidentity (=tentative condition) or definite nonidentity (=counterfactual condition). Possible P-worlds Factual Theoretical (nonfactual) Neutral theoretical Closed Figure 1. Nonneutral theoretical Open Tentative Counterfactual The definition of modality In factual-P conditionals, the world referred to in the P-clause is the factual world. This means that factual P-clauses are not modalizers.

Necessity, possibility) between the modal world and the factual world. The difference between epistemic modality and root modality is determined by the interpretation-in-context of the auxiliary. g. ‘necessarily factual’). In the case of root modality, the relation between the nonfactual world and the factual one is not an epistemic relation. e. about the chances that the two worlds coincide. g. volition, obligation, possibility) assumed by the speaker. The number of possible modal positions is restricted.

Like any state, a modal state is a situation actualizing in a particular world. e. the extended S-world – see Section 2(e). When the modal state is thus represented as actualizing in the factual world, we can say that the modal world is grounded in the factual world. This is usually the case, although there are also instances in which one modal world is grounded in another. Thus, in I might have been killed if I had not given in the modal suppositional world (created by if) is grounded in the modal epistemic world (created by might) comprising theoretically possible actualizations: the sentence means ‘It is possible that I would have been killed if I had not given in’.

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