Modality in Spanish and Combinations of Modal Meanings

Dana Kratochvílová

Modality in Spanish and Combinations of Modal Meanings

Dana Kratochvílová

Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

160 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2019
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9788024638690 Published February 2019 Not for sale in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic
With a focus on Spanish modality, this book presents Bohumil Zavadil’s theoretical approach—the first such presentation in English—to this category and, consequently, analyzes its possible application to Spanish. Concentrating on specific areas of the Spanish modal system where two modal meanings combine, Dana Kratochvílová integrates theoretical analyses with corpus-based studies from the InterCorp corpus on the choice of mood and the contextual interpretation of selected constructions. Her approachs verifies that areas where two modal meanings meet are a natural part of the Spanish modal system and that the combination of modal meanings has consequences on mood selection, thus shedding new light on the use of the subjunctive in Spanish.
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Tomás Jiménez Juliá, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
“Kratochvílová’s monograph is an excellent, original, and rigorous, yet at the same time clear, study, which will undoubtedly fill a gap in the bibliography on modality in Spanish.”
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