Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Epistemic Qualification

Definition: 

An epistemic qualification is a signal of the degree of certainty the speaker has for the proposition expressed by his or her utterance.

Examples: 

(English)

Here are some examples of epistemic qualifications:

  • Expressions of epistemic modality
  • certainly
  • hope
  • know
  • perhaps
  • think
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