Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Judgment Modality


Judgment modality is an epistemic modality that connotes the speaker's

  • strength of inference, or
  • degree of confidence

in the reality of the proposition expressed by his or her utterance.



Here are some examples of words that express different kinds of judgment modality:

  • may signals speculative inference
  • must signals deductive strength of inference
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