Grammar and levels of addressivity : Exploring Ungarinyin engagement

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Spronck , S 2020 , ' Grammar and levels of addressivity : Exploring Ungarinyin engagement ' , Open Linguistics , vol. 6 , no. 1 , pp. 1-18 .

Title: Grammar and levels of addressivity : Exploring Ungarinyin engagement
Author: Spronck, Stef
Contributor organization: General Linguistics
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Department of Cultures
Date: 2020-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Open Linguistics
ISSN: 2300-9969
Abstract: Evans et al. (2018a,b) introduce the notion of 'engagement' as a new grammatical domain related to intersubjective coordination of knowledge. The present paper applies this notion to data from the Australian Aboriginal language Ungarinyin. It identifies three markers/construction types in the language as expressions of engagement and develops a descriptive framework rooted in Bakhtinian Dialogism in order to demonstrate why these expressions represent the category. It is argued that the main problems that arise in the analysis of engagement are very similar to those that have been encountered in the description of (other) TAME-categories as well, and that these may be overcome by applying Mikhail Bakhtin's idea of 'addressivity'. It concludes that a better understanding of the category of engagement that explores its relation to addressivity may contribute to the development of an approach to grammar in which sociality takes priority, a Dialogic linguistics.
Subject: Dialogic linguistics
6121 Languages
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: acceptedVersion
Funder: University of Helsinki
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