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The role of 'perspective' in epistemic marking
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6114-5527
2015 (English)In: Lingua, ISSN 0024-3841, E-ISSN 1872-6135Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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The paper focuses on inter-personal aspects of the context in the analysis of evidential and related epistemic marking systems. While evidentiality is defined by its capacity to qualify the speaker's indexical point of view in terms of information source, it is argued that other aspects of the context are important to analyze evidentiality both conceptually and grammatically. These distinct, analytical components concern the illocutionary status of a given marker and its scope properties. The importance of the hearer's point of view in pragmatics and semantics is well attested and constitutes a convincing argument for an increased emphasis on the perspective of the hearer/addressee in analyses of epistemic marking, such as evidentiality. The paper discusses available accounts of evidentials that attend to the perspective of the addressee and also introduces lesser-known epistemic marking systems that share a functional space with evidentiality.

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illocution, epistemic marking, mitigation, functional domain, Kogi
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-86475DOI: 10.1016/j.lingua.2015.02.008ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84925727357OAI: diva2:587056
Complex perspective in epistemic assessment: exploring intersubjectivity in language
Swedish Research Council, 2011-2274
Available from: 2013-01-14 Created: 2013-01-14 Last updated: 2016-08-15Bibliographically approved

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