Making knowledge visible in discourse: implications for the study of linguistic evidentiality

Mushin, Ilana (2013) Making knowledge visible in discourse: implications for the study of linguistic evidentiality. Discourse Studies, 15 5: 627-645. doi:10.1177/1461445613501447

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Author Mushin, Ilana
Title Making knowledge visible in discourse: implications for the study of linguistic evidentiality
Journal name Discourse Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1461-4456
Publication date 2013-10
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1461445613501447
Open Access Status
Volume 15
Issue 5
Start page 627
End page 645
Total pages 19
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Linguistic studies of evidentiality, the coding of source of knowledge, have often appeared divided into two camps: those whose focus is the semantic, morphological and typological characteristics of grammaticalized morphological evidential systems (e.g. Aikhenvald, 2004), and those whose focus is on the social functions of non-grammaticalized evidential constructions as markers of epistemic authority and responsibility (e.g. Fox, 2001; Sidnell, 2012). While interest in the discourse functions of all evidential systems has been growing as seen in the recent special issue of the journal Pragmatics and Society on ‘Evidentiality in Interaction’, there has been little direct attention on whether the deployment of evidential strategies in discourse varies according to the grammatical status of the grammatical resources available to the speaker. This article examines the nature of both grammaticalized and non-grammaticalized evidential systems in a number of languages to show that while the underlying pragmatics of evidentiality is the same regardless of grammatical system, nonetheless grammaticalized evidential systems provide important evidence of the particular features of knowledge sources that are used in routine ways in discourse sufficiently to motivate their development into grammatical systems.
Keyword Grammatical resources
Knowledge sources
Linguistic evidentiality
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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