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Dubitative Mood

Dubitative Mood

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

(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)

  • Page/s: 169
    Source: Nida 1949

    Nida, Eugene A. 1949.Morphology: The descriptive analysis of words. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan.

    Page/s: 179
    Source: Bybee 1985

    Bybee, Joan L. 1985.Morphology: A study of the relation between meaning and form. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

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