Philippe De Brabanter | Institut Jean Nicod & Université Paris 4-Sorbonne
Patrick Dendale | University of Antwerp
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Commitment is a notion widely invoked in speech-act theory, in studies on modality and in dialogue modelling, but it has never been the central topic of a monograph or a collective volume in linguistics. This volume is the very first to bring together researchers from different linguistic traditions and request them to focus on the notion. All the contributions presented here use commitment as a key concept in accounting for a broad range of linguistic phenomena in various languages, from illocutionary acts like assertions and questions to modal expressions, through sentence-types, finite subordinate clauses, concessive markers, tense markers, and even text-types and genres. Each contributor takes pains to explicate his/her understanding of the term commitment, thus making interesting comparisons possible across theoretical boundaries. Some authors also point out potential drawbacks of the notion and argue for replacing or supplementing it with a related concept of involvement.
[Belgian Journal of Linguistics, 22] 2008.  276 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Commitment: The term and the notions
Philippe De Brabanter and Patrick Dendale
Tense, modality and commitment in modes of mixed enunciation
Agnès Celle
Speaker commitment: Back to the speaker. Evidence from Spanish alternations
Bert Cornillie and Nicole Delbecque
Speaker involvement through cognition verbs in Spanish
Bram De Saeger
Legal norms as objects of (non-)commitment
Karen Deschamps
A question of commitment
Christine Gunlogson
Commitment to an implicit aspect of meaning: A notional differentiation between concessive connectives
Mitsuko Narita Izutsu
Assertoric commitments
Mikhail Kissine
Commitment: A parameter for the contrastive analysis of be going to and aller + inf.
Laure Lansari
Explicitness, implicitness and commitment attribution: A cognitive pragmatic approach
Patrick Morency, Steve Oswald and Louis de Saussure
Certamente and sicuramente: Encoding dynamic and discursive aspects of commitment in Italian
Paola Pietrandrea
All declarative questions are attributive?
Claudia Poschmann
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