Publication details [#59265]

Zuczkowski, Andrzej, Carla Canestrari, Ilaria Riccioni and Ramona Bongelli, eds. 2014. Communicating Certainty and Uncertainty in Medical, Supportive and Scientific Contexts. (Dialogue Studies 25). John Benjamins.
Publication type
Book – edited volume
Publication language
Language as a subject


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.