Open Linguistics 5. Special Issue: Explorations of engagement

Knuchel, Dominique Liza; Bergqvist, Henrik (eds.) (2019). Open Linguistics 5. Special Issue: Explorations of engagement, 5. De Gruyter

The Special Issue explores the category of ‘engagement’ (Evans et al. 2017a, b) by means of descriptive accounts of this category as it can be seen in a small number of minority languages from the Andes, Australia, and Papua New Guinea. Engagement is a recently proposed notional category that targets the potentially diverging (epistemic) perspectives of the speech-act participants (cf. “complex epistemic perspective”; Bergqvist 2015a, 2016; Evans 2005). As such, it concerns the distribution of knowledge and attention between the speech-participants, where the speaker asserts assumptions about the addressee’s knowledge of/attention to a state-of-affairs as either shared with the speaker, or non-shared. The individual contributions discuss issues relating to the diachronic development, ontogeny, function, and use of expressions of engagement.

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06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Linguistics

UniBE Contributor:

Knuchel, Dominique Liza


400 Language > 410 Linguistics




Special Issue: Explorations of engagement


De Gruyter




Dominique Liza Knuchel

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22 Apr 2020 16:32

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22 Apr 2020 16:32


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