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Modal use in spoken and written university registers: A corpus-based study
English Modality in Perspective: Genre Analysis and Contrastive Studies (2004)
  • Casey Keck, Boise State University
  • Douglas Biber
Abstract
Of the many different linguistic features used to express stance in English, modal verbs are the most common device. Because modals are so common generally, they are likely to be one of the major devices used to express stance in university settings. To date, however, few studies have investigated the range of modals across spoken and written university registers. In the present study, we begin to fill this gap, by comparing the frequencies, meanings, and communicative functions of modals across a number of university registers, such as class sessions, textbooks, and study group conversations. The study reveals that, even within the domain of university language, modal use varies across specific university contexts.
Publication Date
2004
Editor
R. Facchinetti and F. Palmer
Publisher
Peter Lang
Citation Information
Casey Keck and Douglas Biber. "Modal use in spoken and written university registers: A corpus-based study" New YorkEnglish Modality in Perspective: Genre Analysis and Contrastive Studies (2004)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/casey_keck/7/