Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Dubitative Mood

Definition: 

Dubitative mood is an epistemic mood which signals a speaker’s reservation about the accuracy of his or her statement.

Examples: 

(Ojibwa)

The Ojibwa suffix -tik expresses dubitative mood, as in the following construction:

  • kenapac uwaya pieya:tik ‘someone seems to be coming here’
    (Leonard Bloomfield)

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