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  • Valence, Semantic Case, and Grammatical Relationsby Werner Abraham

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1978; US$ 188.00

    The papers in this volume have been grouped in three thematic parts: Valence which plays a key concept in the syntactic classification of verbs and adjectives, provides a necessary link for decoding and encoding grammatical relations, and is an important requisite for the evaluation of formal languages for the purpose of describing and explaining phenomena... more...

  • Discourse Particlesby Werner Abraham

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1991; US$ 173.00

    This book is about particles in the narrower sense of the word as opposed to the broader meaning covering all uninflected words of a language. In the narrower meaning of the linguistic term particles can be distinguished between logical, or scalar particles and modal, or pragmatic particles. The semantic, pragmatic and syntactic properties of modal... more...

  • On the Formal Syntax of the Westgermaniaby Werner Abraham

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1983; US$ 158.00

    It has often been noted that Dutch (and Frisian) reflects a particular stage of development between German and English. Phonologically, syntactically and morphologically, Dutch and German are closely related languages. Yet, there remain sufficient morphosyntactic differences in terms of language development. The contributions of this collection focus... more...

  • Modality?Aspect Interfacesby Werner Abraham; Elisabeth Leiss

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 165.00

    As Abraham (1990, 1991, 2005) has pointed out, aspect plays a crucial role, when epistemic modals (em) emerge out of root modals (rm). The present paper shows that the different aspectual preferences of those items are reflected by the differences in the configuration of the modal?s event structure: whereas rm turn out to be event modifiers, em are... more...

  • Passivization and Typologyby Werner Abraham; Larisa Leisiö

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2006; US$ 218.00

    This paper explores several interrelated pragmatic issues connected to the (verbal and adjectival) passive and the periphrastic perfect tense. The language of investigation is German. In Sections 1 and 2, I start with tense selection, as both verbal passives and Extended-Now-adverbs impose restrictions on the tenses they can co-occur with. While the... more...

  • Tense-Aspect, Transitivity and Causativityby Werner Abraham; Leonid Kulikov

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1999; US$ 180.00

    This collection presents typological work on tense, aspect, and epistemic modality in a variety of languages and against the background of different schools of thinking, among which the St. Petersburg Typological School developed and so masterfully implemented by the Petersburg linguist, Vladimir Petrovich Nedjalkov. The volume honors this reputed... more...

  • Modality and Theory of Mind Elements across Languagesby Werner Abraham; Elisabeth Leiss

    De Gruyter 2012; US$ 182.00

    Modality is the way a speaker modifies her declaratives and other speech acts to optimally assess the common ground of knowledge and belief of the addressee with the aim to optimally achieve understanding and an assessment of relevant information exchange. The contributions in this collection provide insight into modal techniques used... more...

  • Tempus ? Aspekt ? Modusby Werner Abraham; Theo Janssen

    De Gruyter 1989; US$ 210.00

    Tempus ? Aspekt ? Modus Die lexikalischen und grammatischen Formen in den germanischen Sprachen more...

  • Funktionen von Modalitätby Werner Abraham; Elisabeth Leiss

    De Gruyter 2013; US$ 168.00

    The term ?modality? encompasses a number of categories: modal verbs, modal particles, and confirmatory questions. This volume examines, on the one hand, the common features of basic modal and epistemic versions of modal verbs, and, on the other, modal particles. What level of certainty do words of this kind communicate to the listener?... more...

  • Modes of Modalityby Elisabeth Leiss; Werner Abraham

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2014; US$ 158.00

    Modality is one of the grammatical categories in Igbo language studies that received the least attention within the last century. There is, however, a growing awareness that the category of modality is expressed in the language through specific verbs and suffixes that have recently been (re-)categorised as modal verbs and modal suffixes, respectively... more...