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Title: A contrastive analysis of the meanings expressed via the modal verbs can, may, must in English and the equivalent expressions in Vietnamese
Authors: Nguyen Minh, Hue
Keywords: A contrastive analysis of the meanings expressed via the modal verbs can, may, must in English and the equivalent expressions in Vietnamese.
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Ulis
Abstract: In everyday communication, both the speaker and writer do not simply describe events, processes or states of affairs. By means of language, they also wish to express their emotions and attitudes; or to influence in some way the addressee’s beliefs, behaviours. Usually, the speaker not only says something true, something that will definitely happen or happened, but also says something he/ she does not know for sure. 1. Tom is happy. 2. Tom seems (to be) happy. 3. I think Tom is happy. 4. Perhaps Tom is happy. While statement (1) expresses the speaker’s assertion of a fact, statements (2), (3) and (4) show his indefinite commitment to the proposition “Tom is happy”. The area of semantics that concerns this expressive and social information of statements is modality.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1874
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