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Subjectification is a diachronic process whereby an element or a construction develops new senses that require speaker-reference, i.e. that lead to subjectivity (e.g. Langacker 1990, Traugott 1995).


The development of epistemic senses of modal verbs such as English may from purely deontic senses is a prominent example of subjectification (Traugott 1989).


A synonymous term is subjectivization (Stein & Wright 1995).


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German Subjektifizierung