Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 18 January 2020

Abstract and Keywords

The chapter discusses selected types of modality and mood in Chadic languages, the largest and typologically most diverse family within the Afroasiatic phylum. It first describes the formal means deployed in Chadic languages in the coding of modality and mood, and then offers a survey of various types of moods and modalities, where the main criterion is their place within illocutionary acts. This includes the distinction between indicative mood and the mood of obligation, categories relating to the domain of epistemic modality (e.g. hypothetical modality, dubitative modality), mirative modality, deontic modality and related moods (imperative, debitive, prohibitive, normative modality), and the realis versus irrealis distinction.

Keywords: Chadic, mood, modality, hypothetical, debitive, imperative, mirative, indicative, obligation

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.