\"These forecasts may be substantially different from actual results.\" The use of epistemic modal markers in English and German original letters to shareholders and in English-German translations

Svenja Kranich & Andrea Bicsár
Letters to shareholders (i. e. the first part of a company's Annual Report) represent an interesting genre for the analysis of epistemic modal expressions. They serve the function to present a short overview of the company's main achievements as well as an outlook into the future. They additionally serve a more marketing-oriented goal: to inspire confidence in the company. Epistemic modal expressions (e. g. may, perhaps, probably) are used in texts for two main reasons:...
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