Communicating Certainty and Uncertainty in Medical, Supportive and Scientific Contexts

| University of Macerata
| University of Macerata
| University of Macerata
| University of Macerata
ISBN 9789027210425 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027269218 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
This volume is a collection of 18 papers on the communication of certainty and uncertainty. The first part introduces recent theoretical developments and general models on the topic and its relations with modality, subjectivity, inter-subjectivity, epistemicity, evidentiality, hedging, mitigation and speech acts. In the second part, results from empirical studies in medical and supportive contexts are presented, all of which are based on a conversational analysis approach. These papers report on professional dialogues including advice giving in gynecological consultations, breaking diagnostic bad news to patients, emergency calls, addiction therapeutic community meetings and bureaucratic-institutional interactions. The final part concerns the qualitative and quantitative analysis of corpora, addressing scientific writing (both research and popular articles) and academic communication in English, German, Spanish and Romanian. The collection is addressed to scholars concerned with the topical issues from a theoretical and analytical perspective and to health professionals interested in the practical implications of communicating certainty or uncertainty.
[Dialogue Studies, 25]  2014.  vii, 413 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Andrzej Zuczkowski, Ramona Bongelli, Ilaria Riccioni and Carla Canestrari
Theoretical and general models
Subjectivity in modality, and beyond
Jan Nuyts
Certainty and uncertainty in assertive speech acts
Paolo Labinaz and Marina Sbisà
Ideal and deviant interlocutors in a formal interpretation system
Gábor Alberti, Noémi Vadász and Judit Kleiber
On being certain whether: A puzzle about indirect interrogatives
Klaus Hölker
Uncertainty as integrated part of meaning and understanding
Sebastian Feller
Epistemic stance: Knowing, Unknowing, Believing (KUB) positions
Andrzej Zuczkowski, Ramona Bongelli, Laura Vincze and Ilaria Riccioni
Medical and supportive interactions
Requesting help with null or limited knowledge: Entitlements and responsibility in emergency calls
Giolo Fele
The journey to advice: Balancing certainty and uncertainty in doctor delivery of expert opinion
Marilena Fatigante and Saverio Bafaro
Diagnostic news delivery: A microanalysis of the use of shields
Anna Franca Plastina and Fabrizia Del Vecchio
Epistemic struggles in addiction Therapeutic Community meetings
Marco Pino
Embodying epistemicity: Negotiating (un)certainty through semiotic objects
Gabriella B. Klein, Koffi M. Dossou and Sergio Pasquandrea
Scientific writing and academic communication
The fabric of certainty: Ignoring interactional details as an epistemic resource in research interviews
Letizia Caronia
Hedging and attitude markers in Spanish and English scientific medical writing
Sonia Oliver del Olmo
A theoretical contribution to tackling certainty and uncertainty in scientific writing: Four research articles from the journal Brain in focus
Maria da Graça Pinto, Paulo Osório and Fernanda Martins
BioUncertainty: A historical corpus evaluating uncertainty language over a 167-year span of biomedical scientific articles
Ramona Bongelli, Ilaria Riccioni, Carla Canestrari, Ricardo Pietrobon and Andrzej Zuczkowski
Uncertainty markers in a corpus of German biomedical papers from Spektrum der Wissenschaft (1993-2012)
Paola Bucciarelli, Ramona Bongelli, Andrzej Zuczkowski, Sibilla Cantarini and Christine Berthold
Questioning certainty in research articles and popular science articles: A case-study of modalized wh-interrogatives
Elsa Pic and Gregory Furmaniak
Self-repairs and certainty in Romanian academic meetings
Adina I. Velea
About the authors
Subjects & Metadata

Communication Studies

Communication Studies
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
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