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Full Title: The Expression of Knowledge: Epistemicity and Beyond

Short Title: Knowling
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Start Date: 23-Aug-2017 - 25-Aug-2017
Contact: Seppo Kittilä
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Meeting Description: In recent years, the study of evidentiality and epistemicity has expanded from typologies of information source to a more comprehensive view on the expression of knowledge. Also languages without grammatical evidentials have gained foothold in studies of evidentiality (e.g., Diewald & Smirnova 2010). In other words, the focus of study has shifted from pure grammaticalized systems towards the semantic notion of source of information. Evidentiality has increasingly been investigated in relation to neighboring functional categories such as epistemic stance (cf. Englebretson 2007), and it has also been studied from an interactional and socio-cultural perspective (Mushin 2001; Gipper 2011; Nuckolls & Michael 2014).

Our goal is to extend the notion of expression of knowledge even further to include any possible way of referring to how and why we know what we know. This is not to diminish the relevance of epistemicity, but rather to broaden the perspective, i.e., our goal is to arrive at a holistic view of knowledge expression. The expression of knowledge to be broached is thus not confined to grammaticalized evidentials or epistemic markers, but also other possible ways of referring to knowledge will be of interest. Consequently, both contributions that discuss the interplay of different ways of knowledge expression and more traditional, narrower approaches are equally welcome. Furthermore, we are interested in how language ecology shapes the linguistic coding of knowledge. For example, ways of referring to knowledge vary according to genre and speech situation (Aikhenvald 2004: 310). Moreover, the information acquired through mediated forms of discourse such as new media may be encoded differently from more traditionally understood types of information source such as hearsay (Aikhenvald 2014: 34).
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; Language Documentation; Pragmatics; Typology
LL Issue: 28.863

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