What is it about?
Modal verbs, such as "shall" and "may," are overwhelmingly used in policies despite their potential for ambiguity. This study analyzes the role of modals in policies using opioid legislation as a case study. To do this, I answer the question: How do policymakers use modals to address the US opioid crisis, knowing very well that their language could result in various interpretations?
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Why is it important?
Understanding how modal verbs function in policies could help inform future policy writing to address societal concerns such as health-related pandemics, epidemics, etc.
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This page is a summary of: The role of modals in policies: The US opioid crisis as a case study, Applied Corpus Linguistics, December 2021, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.acorp.2021.100008.
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