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Intersubjectification revisited: a cross-categorical perspective
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6114-5527
2016 (English)In: Epistemic modality, evidentiality, and beyond / [ed] Zlatka Guentcheva, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2016Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The paper offers three illustrations of how the process of “intersubjectification” (Traugott & Dasher 2002) can be observed in the development of time deictics, person markers and sentence-type markers to encode aspects of the speaker’s assumptions concerning the addressee’s epistemic access to an event. First-hand data from Lakandon Maya (Yukatekan, Mexico), Kogi, and Ika (Arwako-Chibchan, Colombia) is discussed in order to offer a potentially more nuanced view of intersubjectification in language. While suggested in previous accounts of intersubjectification, the paper argues that this process of language change only involves categories and expressions defineable as “shifters” (Jespersen 1922), i.e. expressions that at the same time refer to aspects of the speech situation and the proposition.

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Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2016.
, Empirical approaches to language typology, ISSN 0933-761X
Keyword [en]
intersubjectivity, grammaticalization, knowledge asymmetry, shifters, Kogi, Ika, Lakandon
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125682OAI: diva2:894714
Complex perspective in epistemic assessment: exploring intersubjectivity in language
Swedish Research Council, 2011-2274

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Available from: 2016-01-15 Created: 2016-01-15 Last updated: 2016-03-22

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