Pattern Grammar (Hunston 8: Francis 2000) has typically focused mainly on complementation patterns, but Hunston (2003, 2011) has speculated if Pattern Grammar should incorporate the study of modality by considering the interaction between modal meaning and particular patterns. This paper presents a quantitative study that ﬁnds an association between verbs followed by interrogative clauses (the V wh pattern) and modal verbs/the to—inﬁnitive. This is followed by a qualitative investigation to classify according to meaning phrases focused on the sequence to V wh: four main groups (purpose, dilﬁculty, deontic meaning, volition/intention) are found. The ﬁndings raise the prospect of both broadening the scope of Pattern Grammar and improving our understanding of modality from a phraseological perspective.
|Title of host publication||Corpus Perspectives on Patterns of Lexis|
|Editors||Hilde Hasselgard, Jarle Ebeling, Signe Oksefjell Ebeling|
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam/Philadelphia|
|Publisher||John Benjamins Publishing Company|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Jun 2013|
- pattern grammar