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Readership: Students of linguistics at graduate level and above; researchers in related fields especially philosophy and computational science; suitable for use as a textbook in intermediate and advanced level graduate courses in semantics.
Paul Portner, Georgetown University
"This is a most welcome, challenging and insightful book...an invaluable source of information for both students and senior researchers in linguistic semantics." - Ferenc Keifer, The Journal of Linguistics
"This book is sure to be recognized as the most thorough systematic survey of the semantics of modality yet undertaken...written with admirable care" - Frank Veltman, Professor of Logic and Cognitive Science, University of Amsterdam
"...constitutes an ideal introduction for the beginner; but also the expert will learn from it... An extremely valuable, up to date, inspiring resource." - Gennaro Chierchia, Haas Foundations Professor of Linguistics, Harvard University
self-contained monograph, it does not assume much familiarity on the reader's part with modal logic or any major theory of linguistic modality, so that those who have just started exploring modality will find the book very accessible and helpful. On the other hand, experts will find the book an excellent resource to turn to when they want to have a quick brush-up on one theory of modality or another. An authoritative figure on linguistic modality, Portner takes an unimposing position when presenting his own ideas (where applicable). Overall the book is a great pleasure to read.
" - Zhiguo Xie, Department of Linguistics, Cornell University
2: Modal Logic
3: Major Linguistic Theories of Modality
4: Sentential Modality
5: Modality and Other Intensional Categories