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Date: 24-Apr-2019
From: Svenja Kranich <>
Subject: Epistemic and Evidential Stance in English Past and Present: Interaction and (social) Change
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Full Title: Epistemic and Evidential Stance in English Past and Present: Interaction and (social) Change

Date: 08-Jun-2020 - 12-Jun-2020
Location: Leiden, Netherlands
Contact Person: Svenja Kranich
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 25-Apr-2020

Meeting Description:

(Session of International Conference on English Historical Linguistics - 21)

Call for Contributions to a proposed Workshop ”Epistemic and evidential stance in English past and present: Interaction and (social) change“
Svenja Kranich (University of Bonn) & Elisabeth Reber (University of Würzburg)

The evolution of epistemic modal markers have attracted a lot of attention in research on the history of English (e.g. Krug 2000), and so have grammaticalizing processes in present day English (PDE) from an interactional, discourse-functional perspective (e.g. Kärkkäinen 2003). Markers of evidentiality, which are less grammaticalized in English, have been tackled to a lesser extent in diachronic studies (but cf. e.g. Aijmer 2009), but recent interactional work has suggested ongoing grammaticalization processes in PDE (Reber 2018).

Call for Papers:

We think that both strands of research – functional-oriented diachronic as well as interactional studies concerned with ongoing change – are interested in similar research questions, but rarely interact and share their different perspectives. Shared interests and assumptions include:

1) The functions of epistemic and evidential markers: Epistemic and evidential expressions are clearly shaped in their evolution and use in social interaction
2) The forms of epistemic and evidential markers: The context-specific shaping of epistemic and evidential markers, in turn, is highly dependent on social factors, such as the ways in which we visualize the relationship between ourselves and our interlocutors when we speak/write..

Based on these shared interests and assumptions, the present workshop wishes to facilitate a discussion between linguists interested in changes in the English language over time. The aim of the workshop is thus to bring together insights from historical linguistics on the emergence, grammaticalization, and historical patterns of use of evidential and epistemic markers and insights from interactional studies on ongoing change.

We thus highly welcome papers concerning any of the following issues:

- general properties of individual epistemic and evidential markers from the point of view of their interactional and social potential and functions
- studies of the emergence (grammaticalization) of epistemic and evidential markers
- studies of interactionally and/or socially triggered changes in the usage of markers of epistemic and evidential markers
- studies of the use of particular markers in particular registers and genres, with an eye to the interactional and social functions they fulfill there

Papers dealing with any of these issues or other topics relevant to interactional and social perspectives on epistemic and evidential stance markers in the history of English up to the present day will be welcome. The deadline for abstract submission is 15 August 2019, through the ICEHL website. But in order to formulate the Workshop proposal, we would need you to send us a title and short description of your paper (just 200 words or so) by April 25, 2019. Please send these short mini-abstracts to


Aijmer, Karin (2009). Seem and Evidentiality. Functions of Language 16 (1): 63–88.
Kärkkäinen, Elise. 2003. Epistemic Stance in English Conversation. A description of its interactional functions, with a focus on I think. Amsterdam, John Benjamins.
Krug, Manfred. (2000). Emerging Modals: A Corpus-based Study of Grammaticalization. Berlin: De Gruyter.
Reber, Elisabeth. 2018. Quoting in Parliamentary Question Time. A short-term diachronic study of an evidential practice. Unpublished Habilitation thesis. University of Potsdam.

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