“Introduction” to Evidentiality in Interaction
socio-cultural, language, Pragmatics and Society
Although the grammar of evidential has revived significant descriptive, typological, and theoretical attention to since the 1980s (see surveys in Aikhenvald 2004 and Speas 2008), attention to this grammatical and functional category from scholars interested in the social, cultural, and interactional aspects of language has been more sporadic and less systematizing in nature ( see e.g., Agha 2002, Atkinson 1999, Chafe 1986, Clift 2003, Fox 2001, Hill and Irvine 1993, Infantidou 2001, Mushin 2001, Karkkainen 2003, Sakita 2002). As a result, important questions remain regarding the interactional and cultural dimensions of evidential and evidential strategies, their role in shaping interaction and larger scale social processes, and the relationship between the socio-functional properties of evidentials and evidential strategies and their grammatical properties. The purpose of this special issue of Pragmatics and Society is to bring together complementary perspectives on the social and interactional life of evidentials and evidential strategies to focus attention on these issues.
Original Publication Citation
(with Lev Michael) “Introduction” to Evidentiality in Interaction, Special Issue of Pragmatics and Society 3:2, John Benjamins Press, Amsterdam.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Nuckolls, Janis B. and Micheal, Lev, "“Introduction” to Evidentiality in Interaction" (2012). Faculty Publications. 6309.
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