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dc.contributor.authorWhitt, Richard Jason
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-03T21:21:33Z
dc.date.available2014-03-03T21:21:33Z
dc.date.issued2004-05
dc.identifier.otherwhitt_richard_j_200405_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/whitt_richard_j_200405_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/21716
dc.description.abstractModal verbs in English and German have two main uses. One of these uses, commonly known as deontic, concerns conditions of the subject. The other use, epistemic, focuses on the speaker’s attitude towards the proposition. These disparate uses have not always existed in English and German; they are the result of an ages-long grammaticalization process, a process in which lexical items lose their semantic features and/or formal markings to serve grammatical functions. The beginnings of this process are found in Proto-Germanic, where fully lexical, stative verbs become partially grammaticalized (yet still lexical) deontic modals in Old English and Old High German. The more grammaticalized, epistemic modals generally do not appear until later in the Middle English and Middle High German periods. And finally, Modern English and New High German attest a rich semantic landscape that features a broad range of deontic and epistemic meanings. I argue that metaphor has been the driving cognitive motivation behind these changes.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectGrammaticalization
dc.subjectEnglish Modal Verbs
dc.subjectGerman Modal Verbs
dc.subjectDeontic Modality
dc.subjectEpistemic Modality
dc.subjectSemantics
dc.subjectMetaphor
dc.subjectProto-Germanic
dc.subjectOld English
dc.subjectOld High German
dc.subjectMiddle English
dc.subjectMiddle High German
dc.subjectModern English
dc.subjectNew High German
dc.titleGrammaticalization and the semantic landscape of English and German modal verbs
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMA
dc.description.departmentLinguistics
dc.description.majorLinguistics
dc.description.advisorJared S. Klein
dc.description.committeeJared S. Klein
dc.description.committeeRenate Born
dc.description.committeePeter Jorgensen
dc.description.committeeMarlyse Baptista


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