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What is judgment modality?

 

Definition
 

Judgment modality is an epistemic modality that connotes the speaker's

 
  • strength of inference, or
  • degree of confidence
 

in the reality of the proposition expressed by his or her utterance.

Examples (English)
 

Here are some examples of words that express different kinds of judgment modality:

 
  • may signals speculative inference
  • must signals deductive strength of inference
Kinds
  Here are some kinds of judgment modality:
 
Generic
  Judgment modality is a kind of
 
Source
 

Palmer 1986 53, 57–58, 64


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