The modal system in Hainan Min

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This paper explores the idiosyncratic features of the modal system in Hainan Min (based on data collected through fieldwork). The lexical items are firstly presented in four categories of modal types, including epistemic, deontic, circumstantial and bouletic modals. The modal hierarchy is built upon data with multiple modals: epistemic > deontic > dynamic. The last part of the paper introduces the negative modal forms in Hainan Min. The scopal interaction between negation and modals is also discussed. The negation always scopes over modals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)825-857
Number of pages33
JournalLanguage and Linguistics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Oct 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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