Putting a ‘naysayer’ in the text: epistemic modality

Ron Martinez
Ron MartinezAssistant Professor at UFPR
Putting a ‘naysayer’
in the text
W R I T I N G I V
(HE285)
Prof. Dr. Ron Martinez
drronmartinez@gmail.com
Putting a ‘naysayer’ in the text: epistemic modality
Putting a ‘naysayer’ in the text: epistemic modality
Putting a ‘naysayer’ in the text: epistemic modality
Putting a ‘naysayer’ in the text: epistemic modality
Putting a ‘naysayer’ in the text: epistemic modality
Putting a ‘naysayer’ in the text: epistemic modality
Putting a ‘naysayer’ in the text: epistemic modality
What did you find?
• Do a search for the word ‘might’
• Do a search for the word ‘may’
• Do a search for the word ‘could’
• Do a search for the word ‘can’
• Do a search for the word ‘would’
• Do a search for the word ‘likely’
• Use of modality for ‘hedging’
epistemic modality
Putting a ‘naysayer’ in the text: epistemic modality
Putting a ‘naysayer’ in the text: epistemic modality
Putting a ‘naysayer’ in the text: epistemic modality
Putting a ‘naysayer’ in the text: epistemic modality
Putting a ‘naysayer’ in the text: epistemic modality
Putting a ‘naysayer’ in the text: epistemic modality
Putting a ‘naysayer’ in the text: epistemic modality
Putting a ‘naysayer’ in the text: epistemic modality
Putting a ‘naysayer’ in the text: epistemic modality
Now your texts
• Can you incorporate any of the epistemic
modality examples from today into your text?
• We will show a few examples to the class.
Write a short text:
1. Dilma’s impeachment was part of a
conspiracy from the United States
2. The government is trying to cover up the
existence of extraterrestrials
3. The government is using television to control
our minds
4. Pharmaceutical companies invent new
diseases to stay in business
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Putting a ‘naysayer’ in the text: epistemic modality

  • 1. Putting a ‘naysayer’ in the text W R I T I N G I V (HE285) Prof. Dr. Ron Martinez drronmartinez@gmail.com
  • 9. What did you find? • Do a search for the word ‘might’ • Do a search for the word ‘may’ • Do a search for the word ‘could’ • Do a search for the word ‘can’ • Do a search for the word ‘would’ • Do a search for the word ‘likely’ • Use of modality for ‘hedging’
  • 20. Now your texts • Can you incorporate any of the epistemic modality examples from today into your text? • We will show a few examples to the class.
  • 21. Write a short text: 1. Dilma’s impeachment was part of a conspiracy from the United States 2. The government is trying to cover up the existence of extraterrestrials 3. The government is using television to control our minds 4. Pharmaceutical companies invent new diseases to stay in business