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Volume 68, Issue 2


Epistemic marking and multiple perspective: An introduction

Henrik Bergqvist
Published Online: 2015-06-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/stuf-2015-0007


This paper discusses forms of epistemic marking that instantiate multiple perspective constructions (see Evans 2005). Such forms express the speaker’s and the addressee’s simultaneous epistemic perspectives from the point of view of the speaker, crucially relying on the assumptions of the speaker with regard to the addressee’s knowledge. The analysis of forms considers established semanto-pragmatic concepts, such as semantic scope, mitigation strategies and communicative intention (as marked by sentence-type) in the exploration of forms. In addition, the notion of knowledge asymmetry is discussed alongside the concepts of epistemic status and stance as tools for a semantic analysis of investigated forms.

Keywords: epistemic marking; intersubjectivity; knowledge asymmetry; multiple perspective; typology


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Published Online: 2015-06-17

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Citation Information: STUF - Language Typology and Universals, Volume 68, Issue 2, Pages 123–141, ISSN (Online) 2196-7148, ISSN (Print) 1867-8319, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/stuf-2015-0007.

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