publication . Article . 2021

Hedging modal adverbs in Slovenian academic discourse

Jakob Lenardič; Darja Fišer;
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  • Published: 01 Jul 2021 Journal: Slovenščina 2.0: empirical, applied and interdisciplinary research, volume 9, pages 145-180 (eissn: 2335-2736, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: University of Ljubljana
This paper first presents a comparative analysis of modal adverbs in doctoral theses in the humanities and social sciences on the one hand, and in natural and technical sciences on the other from the 1.7-billion-token corpus of Slovenian academic texts KAS (Erjavec et al., 2019a). Using a randomized concordance analysis, we observe the epistemic and non-epistemic usage of the modal adverbs and show that epistemic adverbs are more characteristic of the humanities and social sciences theses. We also show that the non-epistemic dispositional meaning of possibility, which is most commonly used in natural and technical sciences theses, is not used as a hedging device...
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free text keywords: Linguistics and Language, Language and Linguistics, epistemic modality, root modality, hedging, semantics, pragmatics, corpus linguistics, Philology. Linguistics, P1-1091
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