Dynamics of Semantic and Pragmatic Framework of Modal Proposition: Linguistic and Cognitive Aspects

  • L. V. Shnurovska Kyiv National Linguistic University
Keywords: modality, proposition, a domain of a proposition, a modal restrictor, a modal operator


The article outlines the linguocognitive background for semantic and pragmatic structural dynamics of the modal proposition in planes of relevance, ambiguity, force dynamics, as well as possible worlds theories. The integrated theoretical approaches entailed the development of a relatively admissible algorithm for interpreting the modal values in a vast number of pragmatic frameworks. Due to the algorithm, a modal proposition incorporates a logical relation and a propositional domain. Logical relation integrates semantic denotation and pragmatic implication and presupposition into the linguistic coherence; whereas propositional domain represents human belief-desire system and encodes the factual or desirable state of affairs in root modalities and the individual’s mental states in epistemic modalities. Propositional domain permanently updates and extends due to the constant modelling of the novel mental inputs. Structurally, the propositional domain incorporates modal operators building the proposition into the contextual framework and linking it to another proposition, i.e. the restrictor.
We incorporate the notion of force dynamics to ground the link between the root and epistemic modalities. Here force serves as contributing or restricting facility to precondition the way root modalities encode the external reality and metaphorically transmit it into the language of thought producing epistemic modal values. In terms of the possible worlds theory we classified factual, regulative, desirable, and idealistic propositional domains to generally outline pragmatic extension of English modals. In the case study of distributional properties and pragmatic extensions of most commonly used English modals in their relationship to truth-conditional content, we speculated on and systematized the means via modal values such as necessity, ability, possibility, potentiality, ordering, desirability etc. are encoded in the live English speech.


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How to Cite
Shnurovska, L. (2018, August 21). Dynamics of Semantic and Pragmatic Framework of Modal Proposition: Linguistic and Cognitive Aspects. Scientific Journal of National Pedagogical Dragomanov University. Series 9. Current Trends in Language Development, (17), 135-147. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.31392/NPU-nc.series9.2018.17.10