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The grammar of engagement I: framework and initialexemplification

Evans, Nicholas; Bergqvist, Henrik; San Roque, Lila


Human language offers rich ways to track, compare, and engage the attentional and epistemic states of interlocutors. While this task is central to everyday communication, our knowledge of the cross-linguistic grammatical means that target such intersubjective coordination has remained basic. In two serialised papers, we introduce the term ‘engagement’ to refer to grammaticalised means for encoding the relative mental directedness of speaker and addressee towards an entity or state of affairs,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Language and Cognition
DOI: 10.1017/langcog.2017.21
Access Rights: Open Access


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