Vittorio Tantucci is Lecturer in Chinese and Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics and English Language of Lancaster University. His main publications focus on intersections between pragmatics, human cognition and various functions of epistemicity. These issues are typologically addressed both from a synchronic and diachronic perspective.
The present study joins the long-running debate about the semantic–pragmatic distinction of the three domains of epistemic modality, evidentiality, and factuality. In particular, this work aims at providing both a theoretical and operational framework to investigate what type of speech act is at stake when a speaker/writer alternatively decides to mark a proposition as an epistemic modal, an evidential, or a factual construction. In fact, three basic types of illocutionary force will be shown to determine the modal marking of a constative speech act: evaluational (EvF(p)), presentative (PrF(p)), and assertive (AsF(p)) force. This classification is based on a set of tests that can effectively address either grammaticalized constructions or pragmatic strategies, independent from the specificity of the item under enquiry. This approach is first used to disentangle the controversial meaning of MUST-type predicates and then further theorized as a speech-act based framework of epistemic disambiguation.
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Tantucci, Vittorio. 2013. Interpersonal evidentiality: The Mandarin V-过 guo construction and other evidential systems beyond the “source of information.” Journal of Pragmatics 57. 210–230.10.1016/j.pragma.2013.08.013)| false
Tantucci, Vittorio. 2015a. Epistemic inclination and factualization: A synchronic and diachronic study on the semantic gradience of factuality. Language and Cognition 7(3). 371–414.10.1017/langcog.2014.34)| false
Tantucci, Vittorio. 2015b. Traversativity and grammaticalization: The aktionsart of 过 guo as a lexical source of evidentiality. Chinese Language and Discourse 6(1). 57–100.
Tantucci, Vittorio. 2015c. From immediate to extended intersubjectification: A gradient approach to intersubjective awareness and semasiological change. Language and Cognition FirstView. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/langcog.2015.26 (accessed 1 February 2016).
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