Linguistics and Philosophy

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 357–379

On the representation of modality

  • Evelyn N. Ransom

DOI: 10.1007/BF00353454

Cite this article as:
Ransom, E.N. Linguistics and Philosophy (1977) 1: 357. doi:10.1007/BF00353454


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.

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Evelyn N. Ransom
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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