1. Her involvement with Cognitive Linguistics (more specifically, with Cognitive Grammar) goes back to her PhD, in which she investigated whether and to what extent the German modals qualify as “grounding predications. 4. J. University of New Mexico in 1992, the goal of which was to bring together linguists whose research has targeted this area of grammar but whose ap- proaches to it reflect differing perspectives on functional linguistics. 1 scope ambiguity This volume is the result of a symposium on Mood and Modality held at the. 1. LSE: historical background. Defining modality. 25. The set of English modal verbs is widely recognised to communicate two broad clusters of meanings: epistemic and root modal meanings. THE USE OF SPACE IN SIGN LANGUAGES. 23. Different approaches to the Welcome to the Meaning and Modality (M&M) Laboratory at Harvard Linguistics! We are interested in understanding the uniquely human capacity for language, especially the ability to convey abstract, infinite, specific meanings across a variety of modes for natural language, including both speech and sign. Mood is a grammatical notion, whereas modality is a semantic notion relating to such concepts as ‘possibility’, ‘necessity’, ‘permission’, ‘obligation’, etc. As a semantic-grammatical category concerned with the […]