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Explorations of engagement

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Henrik Bergqvist
Dominique Knuchel


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.


  • Bergqvist, Henrik. 2015a. Epistemic marking and multiple perspective: an introduction. In San Roque, Lila and Henrik Bergqvist (eds.), Special Issue: Epistemic marking in typological perspective, Language typology and universals (STUF), 68: 2, 123-141.
  • Bergqvist, Henrik. 2016. Complex epistemic perspective in Kogi (Arwako). International Journal of American Linguistics, 82:1, 1-34.
  • Evans, Nicholas R. 2005. View with a view: towards a typology of multiple perspective. Berkeley Linguistics Society, 93-120.
  • Evans, Nicholas R., Henrik Bergqvist, Lila San Roque. 2017a. The grammar of engagement I: framework and initial exemplification. Language and Cognition, 1-31.
  • Evans, Nicholas R., Henrik Bergqvist, Lila San Roque. 2017b. The grammar of engagement II: typology and diachrony. Language and Cognition, 1-30.

Any questions, please contact Henrik Bergqvist (henrik.bergqvist@ling.su.se).


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