125 New quasi-modals: core modal meanings

A - feature is pervasive or obligatory7
B - feature is neither pervasive nor extremely rare9
C - feature exists, but is extremely rare2
D - attested absence of feature42
X - feature is not applicable (given the structural make-up of the variety/P/C)13
? - no information on feature is available3

Feature area:
Verb phrase II: modal verbs
Typical example:
We liketa drowned that day ‘we almost drowned that day’; He belongs to come here today ‘he ought to come here today’
Example source:
Southern AmE (Hickey 2004: 606); AppE (Montgomery 2008: 437)
Variety World Region Type Value
Id Primary text Variety Variety Type