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modal

(mōd′l) [L. modus, mode]
1. Pert. to, or characteristic of, a mode.
2. In statistics, pert. to the most frequent, common, or typical measure of the variables being investigated.
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Uses of modals in positive politeness strategies (PP) Number Strategy Instances 1 Notice admirable qualities, possessions, etc.
Uses of modals in negative politeness strategies (PN) Number Strategy Instances 1 Being conventionally indirect 25 Bass.
As the following (10) demonstrates, modals are effectively used in interrogative sentences to make a indirect request: (10)
Employing distal modals is also a typical strategy for negative politeness:
The differences in the classifications above can be reconciled by recognizing a broad class of modals and dividing this class into modal auxiliaries and (non-auxiliary) modal verbs.
The necessity modals tulema, (8) tarvitsema, pruukima, and maksma illustrate the pattern with an oblique controller.
The split between modal auxiliaries and modal verbs in Table 1 isolates the basic division between syntactic and semantic characterizations of modals.
As a class, modals have impersonal forms when they can be construed as referring to an implicit human actor.
The fourth section will explore discourse further to examine the alternation of the modals SHALL and WILL in discourse.
4) In the process of grammaticalisation, the modals later developed a more subjective modality, i.
However, not so many pages have been devoted to the analysis of the relationship between modals and speech acts: the works by Arnovick (1990, 1999), Gotti et al.
The following bar graph shows the inventory of speech acts performed by the modals SHALL and WILL and the number of instances in our corpus (the inventory is based on Nakayasu 2009):