Re-examining evidentiality as a pragmatic notion

Timotijevic, Jelena Re-examining evidentiality as a pragmatic notion In: Modality in contemporary English. Mouton de Gruyter. (Submitted)

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Abstract

The principal aim of this paper is to offer a new perspective on evidentiality by applying some key notions from a theoretical position known as Contextualism (cf. Récanati 2004). The central claim of Contextualism is that a clear distinction between semantics and pragmatics is not possible, because the processes involved in what a speaker says and what he/she implies both belong to what a speaker means and are both pragmatic: what a speaker says is not therefore part of semantics. Using this framework we will argue that there is a close link between semantics and pragmatics in the interpretation of evidential expressions: speaker-involvement in modal expressions and the ‘source’ of evidence are not realised syntactically, nor is evidentiality a semantic, inherent feature of epistemic modals.

Item Type:Chapter in book
Additional Information:In draft with publishers
Subjects:Q000 Languages and Literature - Linguistics and related subjects > Q100 Linguistics
Faculties:Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities
ID Code:10140
Deposited By:Jelena Timotijevic
Deposited On:30 Mar 2012 13:16
Last Modified:30 Mar 2012 13:16

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