LINGUIST List 28.1262

Tue Mar 14 2017

Calls: Anthropological Ling, Lang Documentation, Pragmatics, Typology/Finland

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 14-Mar-2017
From: Seppo Kittilä <>
Subject: The Expression of Knowledge: Epistemicity and Beyond
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Full Title: The Expression of Knowledge: Epistemicity and Beyond
Short Title: Knowling

Date: 23-Aug-2017 - 25-Aug-2017
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Contact Person: Seppo Kittilä
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Language Documentation; Pragmatics; Typology

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2017

Meeting Description:

In recent years, the study of evidentiality and epistemicity has expanded from typologies of information source to a more comprehensive view on the expression of knowledge. Also languages without grammatical evidentials have gained foothold in studies of evidentiality (e.g., Diewald & Smirnova 2010). In other words, the focus of study has shifted from pure grammaticalized systems towards the semantic notion of source of information. Evidentiality has increasingly been investigated in relation to neighboring functional categories such as epistemic stance (cf. Englebretson 2007), and it has also been studied from an interactional and socio-cultural perspective (Mushin 2001; Gipper 2011; Nuckolls & Michael 2014).

Our goal is to extend the notion of expression of knowledge even further to include any possible way of referring to how and why we know what we know. This is not to diminish the relevance of epistemicity, but rather to broaden the perspective, i.e., our goal is to arrive at a holistic view of knowledge expression. The expression of knowledge to be broached is thus not confined to grammaticalized evidentials or epistemic markers, but also other possible ways of referring to knowledge will be of interest. Consequently, both contributions that discuss the interplay of different ways of knowledge expression and more traditional, narrower approaches are equally welcome. Furthermore, we are interested in how language ecology shapes the linguistic coding of knowledge. For example, ways of referring to knowledge vary according to genre and speech situation (Aikhenvald 2004: 310). Moreover, the information acquired through mediated forms of discourse such as new media may be encoded differently from more traditionally understood types of information source such as hearsay (Aikhenvald 2014: 34).

2nd Call for Papers:

Anonymous abstracts of no more than 500 words, excluding data and references, should be submitted by March 31, 2017. Each abstract will be reviewed by (at least) two members of the scientific committee. Notifications of acceptance will be announced by April 30, 2017. The talks will be 30 minutes long: 20 min for presentation and 10 min for discussion (including the 2–3 minutes needed for changing rooms between talks).

The first day of the conference is reserved primarily for workshops. Workshop convenors should submit a general description of the workshop (up to 1000 words) along with a list of speakers by March 31. The proposal should be sent to the organizers at The participants of the workshops are requested to submit their abstracts via Easychair as they will go through the same evaluation process as the abstracts submitted to the general session.

Please submit your abstract at:

For all correspondence concerning the symposium, please contact:

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