Extrinsic possibility and intrinsic potentiality: 7 on may and can + 1

10Citations
Citations of this article
2Readers
Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
Get full text

Abstract

Recent studies of the English modals focused on may and can seem to converge on notions of what is imposed from outside (another's will, or some other external power) and what is possessed by or vested in a person, thing, or situation. The first includes what is granted as possible: permissions and predictions, the latter including epistemics, which are past or present facts yet to be verified. The second adds the dimension of potentiality, or ability in the broadest sense. I define the opposition as extrinsic possibility versus intrinsic potentiality, or simply possibility versus potentiality. © 1989.

Cite

CITATION STYLE

APA

Bolinger, D. (1989). Extrinsic possibility and intrinsic potentiality: 7 on may and can + 1. Journal of Pragmatics, 13(1), 1–23. https://doi.org/10.1016/0378-2166(89)90107-0

Register to see more suggestions

Mendeley helps you to discover research relevant for your work.

Already have an account?

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free