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Modal Verbs in Germanic and Romance Languages
  • ISSN 0774-5141
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9676
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Abstract

Abstract. This paper is about some Portuguese modals, mainly poder 'may/can' and dever 'must/should'. After a short description of these modals, I concentrate on their relation to negation. The main objective is to establish a scale for them, based on the three-layered scalar square proposed by van der Auwera (1996). It is shown that the verb poder expresses in many cases a two-sided possibility, and that dever is not a necessity operator in any of its interpretations.

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2000-01-01
2019-08-24
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  • Article Type: Research Article
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