Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft Leibniz-Gemeinschaft

In search of semantic universals in the modal domain (ModUni)

Although languages strongly differ from a lexical perspective, research has revealed that hidden lexical similarities exist between languages. This collaborative project will investigate universal characteristics of words with a modal meaning, such as may and can, in ten languages from across the world.

The project, funded by the Dutch NWO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek), is a collaboration between various national and international institutions. Member at the ZAS is Prof. Dr. Uli Sauerland.

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