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Abstract

Abstract

In accord with Verhagen’s (1996) insights regarding epistemic uses of the predicator (e.g., ), this paper identifies another type of these epistemic uses. It focuses on constructional cues in complex-clause utterances of the form X: whether or not the subject of the embedded clause X is congruent with ‘I’ in the main clause and whether the tense of X is past or non-past. It investigates how it is used epistemically, especially in its colloquial uses; how the constructional cues (the kind of subject and the tense information) influence its construal; and how the different conceptual structures underlying the construals of the commissive and the epistemic modal senses of the construction can be modeled within Mental-spaces theory. It also discusses that the conceptual structures may be differently reified cross-linguistically briefing on the Korean constructs ‘(I) promise’ and ‘(I) assure’.

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