A cross-linguistic perspective on grammar and negative epistemics in talk-in-interaction

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Lindström , J K , Yael , M & Pekarek Doehler , S 2016 , ' A cross-linguistic perspective on grammar and negative epistemics in talk-in-interaction ' , Journal of Pragmatics , no. 106 , pp. 72-79 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2016.09.003

Title: A cross-linguistic perspective on grammar and negative epistemics in talk-in-interaction
Author: Lindström, Jan Krister; Yael, Maschler; Pekarek Doehler, Simona
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies
Date: 2016-12-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: Journal of Pragmatics
ISSN: 0378-2166
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/172908
Abstract: In this introduction to the special issue on ‘Grammar and negative epistemics in talk-in-interaction’ we discuss the current state of research on the use of negative mental verb constructions such as I don’t know, I don’t understand, I don’t remember in social interaction. We scrutinize, in a cross-linguistic perspective, the grammatical and interactional features that emerge from existing research in the field, and spell out the specific contribution of the studies collected in this issue. We discuss how the cumulative evidence provided by these studies across a set of different languages, several of which are typologically unrelated, contributes to studies of talk-in-interaction and to the newly emerging field of Pragmatic Typology. We argue that the findings point to universal interactional motivations for the grammatical properties and the grammaticization of the constructions studied, and suggest that these motivations arise out of the basic requirements for intersubjectivity in social interaction.
Subject: 6121 Languages
Grammar-in-interaction
talk-in-interaction
Epistemics
Negative mental verb constructions
Grammaticalization
Pragmatic typology
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