Grammar and levels of addressivity: Exploring Ungarinyin engagement

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Abstract

Evans et al. (2018a,b) introduce the notion of 'engagement' as a new grammatical domain related to intersubjective coordination of knowledge. The present paper applies this notion to data from the Australian Aboriginal language Ungarinyin. It identifies three markers/construction types in the language as expressions of engagement and develops a descriptive framework rooted in Bakhtinian Dialogism in order to demonstrate why these expressions represent the category. It is argued that the main problems that arise in the analysis of engagement are very similar to those that have been encountered in the description of (other) TAME-categories as well, and that these may be overcome by applying Mikhail Bakhtin's idea of 'addressivity'. It concludes that a better understanding of the category of engagement that explores its relation to addressivity may contribute to the development of an approach to grammar in which sociality takes priority, a Dialogic linguistics.

Original languageEnglish
JournalOpen Linguistics
Volume6
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
ISSN2300-9969
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • Dialogic linguistics
  • Ungarinyin
  • epistemicity
  • intersubjectivity
  • 6121 Languages

Projects

Language emerging from human sociality: the case of speech representation

Spronck, S.

01/01/201901/01/2022

Project: University of Helsinki Three-Year Research Project

Helsinki University Humanities Programme: Indigenous Languages

Spronck, S.

01/11/201731/10/2020

Project: Research project

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