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We propose, nevertheless, that these utterances are also readily analyzable in terms of desirability/undesirability. In order to analyze desirability in an objective fashion, we first identified the frequently recurring types of events, actions and states that can be reliably Deontic Modality and Conditionality in Discourse 39 judged as desirable or undesirable on independent grounds. These objective criteria were refined and collapsed into six categories that we used to code desirability: Safety, Health, Social acceptability, Success, Emotional wellbeing, and Evaluations.
As Table 2 shows, a limited set of evaluative predicates are used in the consequent clause of deontic conditionals as the conventional way of express ing deontic modality. ) 'cannot go/ is unacceptable'. , tway 'is all right' and antway 'won't do'. Occasionally the Table 2. The Structure of Deontic Conditionals in the Japanese and Korean Data. ' Y-tara/reba if Y-te(mo) (even) if ii be good Y-umyen 2 if Y-eto even if [no corresponding form] Y-eya must 'If you do it, it's good. ' tway be all right (tway) be all right GOOD (-p): Y-naku-te(mo) NEG-(even) if ii an-Y-eto tway be good NEG- -even if be all right '(Even) if you don't do it, it's good.
05 Deontic Modality and Conditionality in Discourse 43 (11) Japanese (Child is serving tea to guests) M: yosomi shi-teru to koboshichau yo. ' (12) Korean (Child wants researcher to ride on her toy fire engine) M: acwumma-ka tha-myen kukey ta pwusecye. ' (13) English (Child drops her doll on the floor) M: I'll give the baby to Donna if you're not nice. Like English coordinate conditionals, the majority of predictive conditionals are warnings or threats in all three languages (Japanese 60%, Korean 53%, English 53%).