Modal and Modality Notion of Complex Predicate in German and Bosnian Languages

Hasanica, Memnuna and Ćurković, Amela (2011) Modal and Modality Notion of Complex Predicate in German and Bosnian Languages. In: 1st International Conference on Foreign Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (FLTAL’11), 5-7 May 2011, Sarajevo.

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The aim of the paper is to highlight by contrastive approach broad issues of indicative and modal categories in German as target language and in Bosnian language. A number of examples of complex predicates in both languages were presented with the method of contrastive analysis with emphasis on the modality. It was found that the Bosnian auxiliary verbs are not always able to credibly convey all the nuances of meaning of German auxiliary verbs that are used to express modal and modality notion in general. In addition, other language categories in Bosnian language contribute to express modal and modality notion such as adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, subordinate clause or some other syntactic structures. It was also important to show the comparison and the use of the verb tense and the mood in German and Bosnian. Auxiliary modal verbs used to express modality in German usually stand in present tense and past tense, while in Bosnian language such verbs stand mainly in present tense and perfect tense. When it comes to the mood, indicative and subjunctive are most frequently used in German and indicative and ―potencijal‖ verb form (for the expression of will) in Bosnian language.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: modality, mode, modus, desire, intention, necessity
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
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Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2012 11:03
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2012 08:35

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