Propositional attitudes in written and spoken language

Judy S. Reilly, Elisheva Baruch, Harriet Jisa, Ruth A. Berman

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


This study considers the use of modal expressions (auxiliaries like should, can), semi-modals (e.g. have to, be likely to), and adverbials and complement- taking expressions (maybe, it is possible that) to convey the attitudes and feelings of speaker/writers about the events they describe and the ideas they express. The topic of “propositional attitudes” thus overlaps with the domains of linguistic analysis known as “mood and modality.” This paper considers selected facets of linguistic modality in developmental and crosslinguistic perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-218
Number of pages36
JournalWritten Language and Literacy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002


Dive into the research topics of 'Propositional attitudes in written and spoken language'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this