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The book explores the semantics and pragmatics of epistemic expressions in 16th and 17th century English: verily, in faith, I ween and others. Using the Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM) approach, evidence from texts and collocations, and adducing cultural evidence, the work argues for the existence of a distinct epistemic ethos in 16th and 17th century ways of thinking and speaking, an ethos of truth, faith and certainty.


  • Dewey Decimal: 425.7

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  • Physical Description: 6.7"x9.5"x1.6"; 1.2 lb; 319 pages
  • Edition Info: Hardcover; 2009-05-15


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