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Lecture | Interactionality seminars

The multidimensional space of interpretation instructions

Thursday 24 November 2022
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden


“Speakers of any language continuously keep track of what others know and how their own knowledge can be related to the knowledge of others” (Bergqvist & Kittilä 2020: 12). This management of knowledge and attention can even make it into the grammar, in the form of evidentiality, egophoricity, information structure, epistemic modality, mirativity, and engagement. But each of these categories is disputed: are they independent? what belongs to each category and what doesn’t? are the categories universal? Especially the known overlap between these “categories” is reason for doubt, forcing us to look at the concepts behind the categories. This opens up a possibility to discover how these are related, and what that might tell us about intersubjective management of knowledge and attention states.

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