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Volume :10 Issue : 38 1990      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Government And Binding And The English Modals

Auther : Moheiddin A. Homeidi

Although we believe that modality and the modal system could be one of the most researched areas in English and probably other languages, nevertheless, the adventure, of believing that the formulation of modality in concrete and precise framework is possible, is still fascinating. This is, in fact, the impetus behind this paper.

There are two analyses, in the generative Literature, dealing with English modals, neither of which can be considered comprehensive on its own. See (Homeidi 1986: 3.3) for a syntactic critique of both of them.

We try in this paper an analysis for the English modals in the Government and Binding theory, henceforth, GB. The general framework, we are adopting, is that of Chomsky (1981) and Bouchard (1984).

The paper starts by criticizing Chomskys (1981) position of the modals. Section two is devoted to the new analysis we envisage in GB framework. More evidence is provided in section three. Section four deals with the possible logical characterization of modal sentences in English. A solution for the wide/narrow scope of the negative element in modal sentences is provided in section five. Section six incorporates the different meanings of the modals on the syntactic analysis in section two. Section seven contains the summary and conclusion.

The paper stresses the fact that the English modals should be considered as a distinct class of verbs with distinct syntactic and semantic properties within the English verbal system.

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