On the representation of modality
- Evelyn N. Ransom
- … show all 1 hide
Rent the article at a discountRent now
* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.Get Access
In this paper I argue that noun complement modality cannot be treated as dependent on the meanings of lexical embedding predicates or of abstract performatives. Using two types of complement modalities, I show that their meanings and restrictions remain distinct and invariable regardless of the meanings of their embedding predicates. Then, using embedding predicates that can take both types of modalities, I show that the embedding predicates retain their meanings, regardless of the different modalities of their complements, and they can undergo deletions requiring their identity.
- Bresnan, J.: 1972, Theory of Complementation in English Syntax. Unpublished dissertation, MIT.
- Berman, A.: 1966, ‘Agent, Experience, and Controllability’, in Mathematical Linguistics and Automatic Translation, Report NSF-17, Cambridge, Mass.
- Dowty, D.: 1972, Studies in the Logic of Verb Aspect and Time Reference in English. Report to the National Science Foundation, Austin, Texas.
- Fischer, S. and B. Marshall: 1969, The Examination and Abandonment of the Theory of Begin of D. M. Perlmutter. Indiana University Linguistic Club.
- Givón, T.: 1975, ‘Cause and control: On the Semantics of Interpersonal Manipulation’, in Kimball ed., Syntax and Semantics, vol. 4, Academic Press.
- Jackendoff, R.: 1972, Semantic Interpretation in Generative Grammar. MIT Press.
- Karttunen, L.: 1971, ‘Implicative Verbs’, Language 47, No. 2.
- Katz, J. J., and P. M. Postal: 1964, An Integrated Theory of Linguistic Descriptions. MIT Press.
- Lakoff, R.: 1970, Irregularity in Syntax. Holt, Rinehart, and Winston.
- Lakoff, R.: 1968, Abstract Syntax and Latin Complementation. MIT Press.
- Langendoen, D. T.: 1968, ‘Modal Auxiliaries in Infinitive Clauses in English’. Working Papers in Linguistics, No. 3, Ohio State University.
- McCawley, J.: 1968, ‘The Role of Semantics in a Grammar’, in Bach and Harms eds., Universals in Linguistic Theory. Holt, Rinehart, and Winston.
- Morgan, J.: 1973, Presupposition and the Representation of Meaning Prolegomena. Unpublished dissertation, University of Chicago.
- Newmeyer, F.: 1969, ‘English Aspectual Verbs’, University of Washington Studies in Linguistics and Language Learning, vol. 6.
- Perlmutter, D.: 1971, Deep and Surface Structure Constrainst in Syntax. Holt, Rinehart, and Winston.
- Postal, P. M.: 1970a, ‘On the Surface Verb “Remind”’, Linguistic Inquiry 1, No. 1.
- Postal, P. M.: 1970b, ‘On Coreferential Complement Subject Deletion’, Linguistic Inquiry 1, No. 4.
- Ransom, E.: 1974a, A Semantic and Syntactic Analysis of Noun Complement Constructions in English. Unpublished dissertation, University of Illinois.
- Ransom, E.: 1974b, ‘The Semantic components of Modality: or Why It's Not Only Possible But Necessary to Do It’. Paper presented at L.S.A. Winter Meeting.
- Ross, J. R.: 1969, ‘Auxiliaries as Main Verbs’, in Todd ed., Studies in Philosophical Linguistics. Great Expectations.
- Ross, J. R.: 1970, ‘On Declarative Sentences’, in Jacobs and Rosenbaum, eds., Readings in English Transformational Grammar. Ginn and Company.
- Ross, J. R.: 1972, ‘Act’, in D. Davidson and G. Harmon, eds., Semantics of Natural Language. D. Reidel Publishing Company.
- Sadock, J.: 1969, ‘Hypersentences’, in Papers in Linguistics 1.
- Sadock, J.: 1974, Toward a Linguistic Theory of Speech Acts. Academic Press.
- On the representation of modality
Linguistics and Philosophy
Volume 1, Issue 3 , pp 357-379
- Cover Date
- Print ISSN
- Online ISSN
- Kluwer Academic Publishers
- Additional Links
- Evelyn N. Ransom (1)
- Author Affiliations
- 1. University of California, Los Angeles, USA