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Indexing stance: Reported speech as an interactional evidential

Clift, R (2006) 'Indexing stance: Reported speech as an interactional evidential.' Journal of Sociolinguistics, 10 (5). 569 - 595. ISSN 1360-6441

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Abstract

The notion of linguistic stance as a non-grammaticalized form of evidentiality is here explored through an investigation of reported speech in English interaction. Reported speech is found to be one of a variety of resources with which speakers lay claim to epistemic priority vis-à-vis recipients. Such resources are not identifiable as stance markers independently of the sequential contexts in which they appear; sequential position is shown to be central in providing at once a constraint on what can be said and a resource to exploit in saying it. Resources dependent on sequential position to index stance are deemed to be interactional evidentials to distinguish them from the well-documented stand-alone evidentials. Interactional and stand-alone evidentials, as forms of deixis, are directed to the orientations of epistemic authority and accountability respectively; their distinct means of marking evidentiality are grounded in the motivation to be explicit with regard to accountability and inexplicit with regard to authority. © The author 2006 Journal compilation © Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2006.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Elena Pupaza
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2015 11:02
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 11:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/11503

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