Epistemic Modality in English Buddhist Texts



  • Abhinan Wongkittiporn English Language Department, College of Liberal Arts, Rangsit University, Thailand


Buddhist doctrine, English Buddhist texts, epistemic modality


This study investigates the use of epistemic modality in English Buddhist texts. While previous studies in the field of epistemic modality focused on the study of epistemic modality markers in academic texts, this study contributes to the view of English Buddhists texts. The amount of 150,000 words of English Buddhist texts comprises 181 tokens. The epistemic modality markers such as may, might, and must are classified into three categories; including certainty, probability, and possibility. The data validation in this study was checked by three English instructors.  The results show that the use of epistemic modality with the degree of possibility appears the highest in English Buddhist texts at 72.37 percent. The discussion of epistemic modality in this study reveals Buddhist doctrine in regard to unproven situations, estimation, and future prediction. It is hoped that the results in this study will be beneficial for those who are interested in the Buddhist doctrine as well as those learners of English as a Foreign Language and learners of English as a Second Language.


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How to Cite

Wongkittiporn, A. (2021). Epistemic Modality in English Buddhist Texts: คำแสดงทัศนะภาวะในตัวบทพระพุทธศาสนาที่เขียนเป็นภาษาอังกฤษ. JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE, RELIGION AND CULTURE, 10(2), 174–200. Retrieved from https://so03.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/gshskku/article/view/252748