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What is dubitative mood?

 

Definition
 

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

Example (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, cited by Bybee 1985 179 )
  • Generic
      Dubitative mood is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Nida 1949 169

     

    Bybee 1985 179


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