Evidentiality and the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface

ORCID logoBert Cornillie | University of Leuven
ORCID logoJuana I. Marín-Arrese | Universidad Complutense de Madrid
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Coming to grips with the semantics-pragmatics interface of evidentiality is an important step forward towards a comprehensive lexicography of this functional category. It not only allows for differentiating between encoded evidential meanings and contextually inferred pragmatic meanings, but also improves the empirical basis for cross-linguistic comparability. A clear view of the conventional meaning of evidential markers, and its relation to inferred pragmatic meaning, gives new insights in degrees of conventionalization across languages. In this volume, the researcher interested in evidentiality and epistemic modality finds accounts of evidentials with epistemic overtones as well as analyses of the influence of contextual factors such as genre or speech-participants. Some of the contributions also discuss whether generalized conversational implicatures lead to the conventionalization of evidential or epistemic meanings. Finally, methodological issues about the interpretation of corpus data, and issues concerning translatability, enrich the debate on the much discussed topic of conventional and inferred meanings. This issue offers a state-of-the-art introduction and nine papers, dealing with Basque, Bulgarian, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
[Belgian Journal of Linguistics, 29] 2015.  v, 216 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Evidentiality and the semantics-pragmatics interface: An introduction
Bert Cornillie, Juana I. Marín-Arrese and Björn Wiemer
Hearer-oriented processes of strength assignment: a pragmatic model of commitment
Kira Boulat
The evidential and doxastic dimensions of the Basque particle bide
Kepa Korta and Larraitz Zubeldia
Metarepresentation and evidentiality in Spanish tense and mood: A cognitive pragmatic perspective
Aoife K. Ahern, José Amenós-Pons and Pedro Guijarro-Fuentes
Evidentiality and epistemic modality in the rumor/journalistic conditional in Spanish
Axelle Vatrican
Between evidentiality and epistemic modality: The case of the future and the conditional in European Portuguese
Teresa Oliveira
The translatability into Italian of the German stance marking modal particles wohl, eben and ja: Between epistemicity and evidentiality
Marion Weerning
The evolution of the marker comme qui dirait ‘as one would say’ in French
Sonia Gómez-Jordana
On conditions instantiating tip effects of epistemic and evidential meanings in Bulgarian
Björn Wiemer and Veronika Kampf
Stance as participant structure: A Jakobsonian approach to the pragmatics and semantics of evidentiality
Stef Spronck

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CF: Linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General