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Review by Graeme Kennedy (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) in: Journal of English Linguistics, Vol. 26/4 (1998) S. 355-358. (Excerpts)

"The systematic and clearly presented account of modals which Mindt has produced is a stimulating and genuinely useful descriptive work. The size of its corpus, the use of authentic examples, and the detailed coverage of formal, contextual, and functional aspects of each modal verb make it a valuable source of reference on this part of English grammar."

"It is hard to imagine anyone who works in corpus linguistics, the description of English, or the training of teachers of English who will fail to be impressed by this work and who will not await a similar description containing detailed distributional information on the rest of the English verb phrase structure and indeed of the whole system of English grammar."