Expressions of Epistemic Possibility in Academic Writing in English as a Foreign Language

Magister Scientiae

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Title Expressions of Epistemic Possibility in Academic Writing in English as a Foreign Language
 
Creator Budiyono, Bartholomeus
 
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Description Epistemic possibility operates with may and interchangeably with might that introduce a direct-unobservable effect in a modalized causal relation that reveals a semantic cause-and-effect compatibility. It also operates with could to introduce a direct-unobservable cause without any authoritative evidential, may to introduce a cause derived from an authoritative (indirect-unobservable) assumption through an informal fallacy. The presence of the possibility level is reinforced by other operators. The operator possible is used to introduce a direct-unobservable cause without any help of an authoritative evidential, a direct-unobservable cause derived from an authoritative assumption through an informal fallacy, a causal relation between direct-observable evidentials as commentary on an authoritative theory after factive causality. The operator seem also introduces direct-unobservable cause, but also falsifies a prima facie perception. In addition to the epistemic uses, the same operators also indicate factivity, i.e., factive may, factive might, factive possibility, neutral-factive could. Finally, there are cases of a simultaneous use of possibility operators. Throughout the analysis of the data, epistemic
possibility is characterized with non-factivity and optionality, i.e., proposing a non-factive option or an array of options. It may also be identified as presenting criticism of an assumption, criticism of the data, criticism of the ongoing learning situation, threat, and appreciation of the data. Criticism may be very salient when it is followed by a relevant suggestion.
 
Publisher Widya Mandala Catholic University
 
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Date 2020-10-31
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://journal.wima.ac.id/index.php/Magister_Scientiae/article/view/2803
10.33508/mgs.v2i48.2803
 
Source Magister Scientiae; No 48 (2020); 110-131
2622-7959
0852-078X
10.33508/mgs.v2i48
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://journal.wima.ac.id/index.php/Magister_Scientiae/article/view/2803/2490
 
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