Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/61101
Title: Deontic meaning making in legislative discourse
Authors: Li, J
Cheng, L
Cheng, W 
Keywords: Deontic modality
Hong Kong
Legislative discourse
Meaning making
Negation
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Mouton De Gruyter
Source: Semiotica, 2016, v. 2016, no. 209, p. 323-340 How to cite?
Journal: Semiotica 
Abstract: Modality and negation, as two important linguistic features used to realise subjectivity, have been investigated within various disciplines, such as logic, linguistics and philosophy, and law. The interaction between modality and negation, as a relatively new and undeveloped domain, has however not been paid due attention in scholarship. This corpus-based study investigates three aspects of their interaction: the differentiation of the deontic value by negation, the categorization of deontic modality in Hong Kong legislation via negation, and distribution patterns of deontic modality, especially distribution patterns of the negation of modality, in Hong Kong legislation. This study shows that negation is a powerful linguistic mechanism not only for determining the nature and functions of modality, but also for determining the value of modality. This study also reveals that negation helps us to investigate the distribution of deontic modality in Hong Kong legislation and hence revisit the legal framework in Hong Kong. A study taking into account the discursive and professional aspects of the interaction between deontic modality and negation will provide a theoretical basis for the natural language processing of modality and negation in legislation and also offer important implications for the study of negation and modality in general contexts.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/61101
ISSN: 0037-1998
DOI: 10.1515/sem-2016-0002
Appears in Collections:Journal/Magazine Article

Access
View full-text via PolyU eLinks SFX Query
Show full item record

WEB OF SCIENCETM
Citations

1
Last Week
0
Last month
Citations as of Aug 20, 2017

Page view(s)

18
Last Week
3
Last month
Checked on Aug 20, 2017

Google ScholarTM

Check

Altmetric



Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.