Chapter published in:Emotion in Discourse
Edited by J. Lachlan Mackenzie and Laura Alba-Juez
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 302] 2019
► pp. 213–244
My anger was justified surely?
Epistemic markers across British English and German Emotion Events
In this chapter, I explore the role of epistemic markers as sub-units of analysis in Emotion Events, in particular ANGER events, from a cross-linguistic perspective. The corpus study extends the Emotion Event Model and reports on findings based on 248 written narratives experimentally elicited from British English and German university students. Overall, German writers displayed more ANGER events than the British and males used more epistemic markers than females. In the British Emotion Events, more markers of ‘low’ certainty were used in contrast to more markers of ‘high’ certainty in the German ones. The findings underline the importance of epistemic markers for the modeling of emotion discourse.
Keywords: Emotion Event, epistemic markers, intersubjective positioning, contrastive discourse analysis, corpus linguistics
Published online: 27 March 2019
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