Uncertainty markers in a corpus of German biomedical papers from <i>Spektrum der Wissenschaft</i> (1993-2012)

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In this paper we present the analysis of uncertainty markers in a corpus of 60 articles randomly selected from the German popular science magazine Spektrum der Wissenschaft since 1993 until 2012. In addition to identifying which and how many uncertainty lexical and morphosyntactic markers were used by scientific writers, our aims were to detect their trends over time and single out their scope, in order to test if the ratio between the amount of certainty and uncertainty remained constant in all the papers or if, on the contrary, it changed over time. The results show that there were no significant changes.


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