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Mood

Paul Portner

January 2018

ISBN: 9780199547531

304 pages
Paperback
246x171mm

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This book presents the essential background for understanding semantic theories of both verbal mood and sentence mood. Paul Portner evaluates and compares the theories, draws connections between seemingly disparate approaches, and highlights the most significant insights in the literature to provide a clearer understanding of how mood works.

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This book presents the essential background for understanding semantic theories of both verbal mood and sentence mood. Paul Portner evaluates and compares the theories, draws connections between seemingly disparate approaches, and highlights the most significant insights in the literature to provide a clearer understanding of how mood works.

  • Offers detailed formal analysis alongside intuitive explanations
  • Draws connections between different theoretical approaches
  • Outlines the relations between mood and other topics in linguistics

About the Author(s)

Paul Portner, Professor of Linguistics, Georgetown University

Paul Portner is a linguist specializing in semantics and pragmatics. As Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University, he has served as the Head of both the Theoretical and Computational Linguistics concentrations, and as Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science. He has published work across a wide range of topics in linguistics, including mood, modality, tense and aspect, information structure, and the semantics of imperatives and exclamatives. His book Modality was published by OUP in 2009.

Table of Contents

    General preface
    Acknowledgments
    List of figures and tables
    1:Introduction
    2:Verbal mood
    3:Sentence mood
    4:Core mood, reality status, and evidentiality
    References
    Index

Reviews

"Portner has a knack for presenting clear examples that are explained in a direct and tangible way....I would highly recommend this book to a scholar wanting to learn more about a semantic approach to mood. A familiarity with formal semantics would assist the reader in understanding the plentiful formalizations presented, but even those unfamiliar with this theoretical approach will benefit from reading this book." - Kathryn P Bove, LINGUIST List

"Mood is a pervasive phenomenon across languages, but a challenging topic in formal semantics and pragmatics. This book is a highly valuable guide to the major approaches in the area and their considerable recent achievements. In Paul Portner, the field is fortunate to have a leading practitioner who is also a masterful explainer. With characteristic deftness and lucidity, he finds the sweet spot between rigor and accessibility, breadth of coverage and tautness of style. Mood is hands-down the best introduction and critical survey on the topic, and will be for years to come." - Stefan Kaufmann, University of Connecticut