If-conditionals as modal colligations: A corpus-based investigation

Gabrielatos, Costas (2007) If-conditionals as modal colligations: A corpus-based investigation. Corpus Linguistics Conference: Corpus Linguistics 2007, 27-30 July 2007, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, ISSN 1747-9398.

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Abstract

The weak claim motivating this study is that if-conditionals are strong modality attractors, due to the conditional (i.e. modal) meaning of if, with modality appearing in the if-clause, the main clause, or both. The strong claim is that if-conditionals can be regarded as modal colligations. The weak claim can be supported if it is shown that if-conditionals contain modality in a significantly higher than average frequency. Before examining the conditions under which the strong claim can be supported we need to turn our attention to the notions of modality, collocation, colligation and semantic preference, which inform the notion of modal colligation introduced in this paper. In: Davies, M., Rayson, P., Hunston, S., & Danielsson, P. (eds). Proceedings of the Corpus Linguistics Conference: Corpus Linguistics 2007.

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Additional Information: Revised and expanded version of: Gabrielatos, C. (2007) If-conditionals as modal colligations: A corpus-based investigation. Corpus Linguistics 2007, 28th - 30th July, University of Birmingham, UK. http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/4124/
Uncontrolled Keywords: corpus linguistics ; lexical grammar ; conditionals ; modality ; manual annotation
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: English Language & Literature
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Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2012 11:44
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/4126

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