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The grammar of engagement II: typology and diachrony

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


Engagement systems encode the relative accessibility of an entity or state of affairs to the speaker and addressee, and are thus underpinned by our social cognitive capacities. In our first foray into engagement (Part 1), we focused on specialised semantic contrasts as found in entity-level deictic systems, tailored to the primal scenario for establishing joint attention. This second paper broadens out to an exploration of engagement at the level of events and even metapropositions, and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Language and Cognition
DOI: 10.1017/langcog.2017.22
Access Rights: Open Access


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