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LINGUIST List 24.4139

Mon Oct 21 2013

Calls: Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, Text/Corpus Ling, Ling Theories/Poland

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 20-Oct-2013
From: Ana Díaz-Negrillo <sleugr.es>
Subject: Epistemic Stance and Evidentiality
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Full Title: Epistemic Stance and Evidentiality

Date: 11-Sep-2014 - 14-Sep-2014
Location: Poznań, Poland
Contact Person: Dylan Glynn
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 25-Nov-2013

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.

Call for Papers:

We invite contributions dealing with topics related to epistemicity and evidentiality in relation to questions of (inter)subjectivity and objectivity in an intra- and interlinguistic context. Examples of research areas include, but are not restricted to:

- Assessment / operationalisation of the (inter)subjective dimension of epistemicity and evidentiality
- The role of assertion in utterance modalisation
- Constructions and strategies available for speakers in stance taking
- Different meanings of epistemic expressions (e.g., the multiple meanings of think)
- Cross-linguistic studies in epistemicity and evidentiality
- Interactive framing and construal of stance taking
- Adverbial and adjectival expressions of stance and evidentiality
- Constructions and grammatical patterns of epistemic and evidential expressions (e.g., complementation types)
- Discursive patterns of epistemicity and evidentiality
- Prosody and intonation patterns in stance taking
- Grammaticalization in epistemic expressions
- Reported speech, modalisation markers and evidentiality

Keywords: epictemicity, evidentiality, subjectivity, intersubjectivity, discourse and conversation analysis, corpus linguistics, usage-based linguistics, cognitive linguistics, Enunciative Functional Linguistics, Systemic Functional Linguistics

Instructions for Abstract Submissions:

Short abstracts of 300 words (excluding references) should clearly specify the (i) research question(s), (ii) method and data, and (iii) the (expected) results. Abstracts should be sent to: epistemicitySLE2014gmail.com. Please use a modifiable file format such as .doc, .rtf, or .odt.

For further information, please contact the session convenors:

Françoise Doro-Mégy: fdorofree.fr
Dylan Glynn: dglynnuniv-paris8.fr
Karolina Krawczak: karolinawa.amu.edu.pl


Deadline: 25 November
Notification: 30 November

If accepted, longer abstracts of 500 words (excluding references) will need to be submitted separately to the central conference organisers by the 15 January 2014.

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