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Full Title: Epistemic Stance and Evidentiality

Location: Poznań, Poland
Start Date: 11-Sep-2014 - 14-Sep-2014
Contact: Dylan Glynn
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: This theme session focuses on epistemic and evidential expressions for stance taking. The approach adopted here will be data-driven, with special use of corpora and/or discourse analysis. Modalised utterances, such as epistemic and evidential constructions, convey information about the speaker's assertions and attitudes in an interactive context. They can, therefore, be understood in terms of subjectivity, intersubjectivity, and objectivity. The direct subjective expression of a speaker's cognitive state (e.g., I think, I believe, I know, etc.) and the objective evidential expression of the perceived situation (e.g., it seems, it looks, it appears etc.) are both fundamental to understanding language use and the intersubjectivity of communication. Indeed, these three dimensions, the personal (subjective), interpersonal (intersubjective), and impersonal (objective), play a crucial role in the interaction between the source of knowledge/perception and the degree of certainty.

Epistemic and evidential language is central to understanding and accounting for the construal and conception of scenes as well as the functions and intentions of utterances. The nature of this research places it at the crossroads of Cognitive and Functional Linguistics. The workshop seeks to advance an already established tradition through integrating these cognitive and functional frameworks.

The workshop will build on the work by Benveniste (1971), Langacker (1985, 1987), Traugott (1989), Guentchéva (1996), Nuyts (2001), Mushin (2001), Brisard (2002), Scheibman (2002), Kärkkäinen (2003), Verhagen (2005), Cornillie (2007), Engelbretson (2007), Simon-Vandenbergen & Aijmer (2007), Ekberg & Paradis (2009), Hunston (2010), and others.
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.4652

This is a session of the following meeting:
47th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

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