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Epistemic Meaning (Empirical Approaches to Language Typology [Ealt])

Epistemic Meaning (Empirical Approaches to Language Typology [Ealt])

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  • ISBN-13: 9783110204384
  • Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
  • Release Date: Jul 16, 2012
  • Pages: 392 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.88 x 9.21 x 6.14 inches

Overview

This book deals with epistemic expressions: the linguistic means we have for expressing our degree of certainty about and our type of evidence for propositions about the world. It presents a cross-linguistic study of such expressions and demonstrates that they behave in a way that can be described in terms of a coherent but complex meaning domain. In order to account for this behaviour the book proposes to analyse epistemic meaning in terms of a coherent but complex cognitive structure which is bound up with our cognitive capacity for relating our conception of the world to the world.

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