A one-day symposium on Modality and implicated evaluation (a posteriori modalization) will be held at the University of Perpignan – Via Domitia on Friday, 27 September 2013, with the support of the research laboratories VECT – Mare Nostrum (Université de Perpignan) and CRIDAF (Paris 13).
- Larreya, Paul. 2009. Towards a typology of modality in language, in: R. Salkie, P. Busuttil, J. van der Auwera. [link]
One-day symposium on 27 sept. 2013 :
Modality and implicated évaluation
A posteriori modalization
The main focus of the symposium will be on modality and implicated evaluation – subjective, appreciative meanings connected to the expression of modality. Of particular interest will be instances in which speakers comment on (root/epistemic) modal judgements expressed while it is understood that the state-of-affairs (/situation) has been actualized or is counterfactual (i.e. when dealing with a posteriori modalization or “retrospective” modality). Why should some modal meaning be expressed – modality pertaining to potentiality and uncertainty – while it is obvious that the state-of-affairs has been actualized or is counterfactual? [Read next]