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Books: Pragmatics: Karkkainen

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  1. paul, Epistemic Stance in English Conversation: Karkkainen

Message 1: Epistemic Stance in English Conversation: Karkkainen

Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2004 10:02:06 -0500 (EST)
From: paul <>
Subject: Epistemic Stance in English Conversation: Karkkainen

Title: Epistemic Stance in English Conversation
Subtitle: A description of its interactional functions, with a focus on I think
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 115
Publication Year: 2004			
Publisher:	John Benjamins
Book URL: 

Author: Elise K�rkk�inen, University of Oulu 

Hardback: ISBN: 1588114449, Pages: xii, 213 pp., Price: USD 102.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027253579, Pages: xii, 213 pp., Price: EUR 85.00


This book is the first corpus-based description of epistemic stance in
conversational American English. It argues for epistemic stance as a
pragmatic rather than semantic notion: showing commitment to the
status of information is an emergent interactive activity, rooted in
the interaction between conversational co-participants. The first
major part of the book establishes the highly regular and routinized
nature of such stance marking in the data. The second part offers a
micro-analysis of I think, the prototypical stance marker, in its
sequential and activity contexts. Adopting the methodology of
conversation analysis and paying serious attention to the manifold
prosodic cues attendant in the speakers�Euro(tm) utterances, the study
offers novel situated interpretations of I think. The author also
argues for intonation units as a unit of social interaction and makes
observations about the grammaticization patterns of the most frequent
epistemic markers, notably the status of I think as a discourse

Table of contents

Acknowledgements v 
List of tables xi 
1. Introduction 1-16 
2. Expression of epistemic stance: Preliminaries 17-28 
3. The intonation unit as analytical unit 29-34 
4. Routinization of stance marking at the linguistic and interactional level 35-103 
5. Stance-taking as an interactive activity: The case of I think 105-182 
6. Concluding remarks 183-187 
References 189-198 
Appendix 199-200 
Name index 201-203 
Subject index 205-207

Lingfield(s):	Pragmatics 			 

Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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