Epistemic Stance in Dialogue

Knowing, Unknowing, Believing

| University of Macerata
| University of Macerata
| University of Macerata
ISBN 9789027210463 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027265661 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
This volume presents a theoretical and practical model for analysing epistemic stance in dialogues, i.e. the positions both epistemic (commitment) and evidential (source of information) which speakers take in the here and now of communication with regard to the information they are conveying and which they express through lexical and morphosyntactic means.

According to the results of our studies of different types of corpora, these positions can be reduced to three basic ones: Knowing, Unknowing, Believing (KUB).

In the first part of the book, we present the KUB model and its psychological and linguistic backgrounds. In the second part, we provide an exemplary application of the model, by presenting the qualitative and quantitative analysis of dialogues belonging to different genres and contexts.

The volume is addressed to scholars concerned with the topical issues from a theoretical and analytical perspective.

[Dialogue Studies, 29]  2017.  xiii, 311 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Part 1. KUB as a theoretical model and a method of analysis
Chapter 1. Psychological background
Chapter 2. Linguistic background
Chapter 3. Knowing, Unknowing, Believing positions: The KUB model
Chapter 4. Are certainty and uncertainty psychological realities?
Part 2. KUB in dialogues
Chapter 5. “What should I do?”: Epistemic positions and advice giving activity in troubles talk sequences
Chapter 6. Confidence attitudes and epistemic management in the clairvoyant-journalist interviews: Extrasensory perception and epistemic authority
Chapter 7. “Who is the killer?”: Epistemic positions in Italian crime case talk-shows
Chapter 8. Three epistemic models: A comparison
Chapter 9. KUB, mind, brain, speech acts: Future perspectives
Transcription notes
“The book presents a large number of empirically well-researched findings that I would expect to find application in a variety of research traditions in discourse studies.”


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