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date: 25 January 2020

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This chapter offers an introduction to The Oxford Handbook of Modality and Mood. It briefly sketches the background of research on modality and mood and it explains the rationale behind the present volume. It lays out the principles that have been followed in composing the Handbook (in matters terminological conventions, the scope of the volume, the attention for typological variantion, the division of labor between the chapters, and the theory neutral character of the contributions) and that have been used as instructions for the authors of the individual chapters. And it presents an overview of the contents and organization of the chapters in the volume.

Keywords: modality, mood, sentence types, (ir)realis, dynamic modality, deontic modality, epistemic modality

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