Aspects of “Interpersonal Grammar”

Grounding, modality, and evidentiality

Special issue of Functions of Language 8:2 (2001)

ORCID logoKristin Davidse | University of Leuven
Anne-Marie Simon-Vandenbergen | University of Gent
This thematic issue focuses on aspects of ‘interpersonal’ grammar. The underlying assumption, found in most functional frameworks, is that utterances are not only ‘representations’ of reality, but also encode the speaker’s attitude to, and his or her interactive intentions with, those representations. More specifically, this issue is concerned with the expression of modal position and evidential stance, as well as with the general notion of ‘grounding’ linguistic units, i.e. situating them relative to the speech event. For the definition of these notions, the contributors refer to work from functional traditions such as those of Halliday, Givón, Chafe, Dik and Langacker, as well as to other standard descriptions.
[Functions of Language, 8:2] 2001.  iv, 154 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Kristin Davidse
Possibly alternative modality
Gordon H. Tucker
Propositional attitudes
Eirian C. Davies
“Surely you knew!” Surely as a marker of evidentiality and stance
Angela Downing
Nominalization as an ‘interpersonally-driven’ system
Liesbet Heyvaert
Index to Volume 8
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