Complex perspective in epistemic assessment: exploring intersubjectivity in language

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Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2012
End date: 31/12/2014
Funding: 3267000 SEK


The proposed project investigates ´complex perspective´ in epistemic assessment. A complex perspective simultaneously denotes the speaker´s perspective with regard to an event and the speaker´s assumptions about the addressee´s perspective with regard to the same event. This conceptual label is defined semantically in terms of ´access (a)symmetries´ between the speech participants where an event e.g. may be accessible to the speaker who assumes that it is inaccessible to the addressee, thus denoting a speaker-asymmetric perspective. Identified languages that display sub-systems expressing these features are investigated in detail to allow cross-comparison and relate them to already defined expressions like evidentiality and epistemic agreement marking, known as conjunct/disjunct. The method of investigation will rely on a combination of field work and analyses of available documentation materials in cooperation with primary researchers. For the field work, two elicitation tools will be used to pinpoint specific aspects of grammar that relate to the notion of access asymmetries. The investigation is an important contribution to the ongoing exploration of the social foundations of language and builds on previous projects involving the main applicant that has proved the existence of access asymmetry as an inflectional expression and its close relationship to evidentiality, aspect, and epistemic agreement marking.

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