The grammar of engagement I: framework and initialexemplification

dc.contributor.authorEvans, Nicholas
dc.contributor.authorBergqvist, Henrik
dc.contributor.authorSan Roque, Lila
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-29T01:56:54Z
dc.date.available2021-09-29T01:56:54Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.date.updated2020-11-23T11:17:05Z
dc.description.abstractHuman 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, and describe examples of engagement systems from around the world. Engagement systems express the speaker’s assumptions about the degree to which their attention or knowledge is shared (or not shared) by the addressee. Engagement categories can operate at the level of entities in the here-and-now (deixis), in the unfolding discourse (definiteness vs indefiniteness), entire event-depicting propositions (through markers with clausal scope), and even metapropositions (potentially scoping over evidential values). In this first paper, we introduce engagement and situate it with respect to existing work on intersubjectivity in language. We then explore the key role of deixis in coordinating attention and expressing engagement, moving through increasingly intercognitive deictic systems from those that focus on the the location of the speaker, to those that encode the attentional state of the addressee.en_AU
dc.description.sponsorshipFor institutional support of the research underlying it, we are grateful to the Australian Research Council (grants DP0878126 ‘Language and Social Cognition: the Design Resources of Grammatical Diversity’ and FL130100111 ‘The Wellsprings of Linguistic Diversity’), the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Anneliese Maier Forschungspreis to Evans), the Swedish Research Council (dnr. 2011-2274), and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research), Veni award 275-89-024, ‘Learning the senses: Perception verbs in child–caregiver interaction’, as well as to our respective host institutions: the Australian National University, Stockholm University, and Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegenen_AU
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dc.identifier.issn1866-9808en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/248817
dc.language.isoen_AUen_AU
dc.provenanceThis is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en_AU
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen_AU
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP0878126en_AU
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/FL130100111en_AU
dc.rights© UK Cognitive Linguistics Association, 2017en_AU
dc.rights.licenseCreative Commons Attribution licenceen_AU
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0/en_AU
dc.sourceLanguage and Cognitionen_AU
dc.subjectengagementen_AU
dc.subjectattentionen_AU
dc.subjectintersubjectivityen_AU
dc.subjectdeixisen_AU
dc.subjectcoordinationen_AU
dc.titleThe grammar of engagement I: framework and initialexemplificationen_AU
dc.typeJournal articleen_AU
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Accessen_AU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1en_AU
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage140en_AU
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage110en_AU
local.contributor.affiliationEvans, Nicholas, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANUen_AU
local.contributor.affiliationBergqvist, Henrik, Stockholm Universityen_AU
local.contributor.affiliationSan Roque, Lila, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguisticsen_AU
local.contributor.authoremailu1454988@anu.edu.auen_AU
local.contributor.authoruidEvans, Nicholas, u1454988en_AU
local.description.notesImported from ARIESen_AU
local.identifier.absfor200408 - Linguistic Structures (incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)en_AU
local.identifier.absfor170204 - Linguistic Processes (incl. Speech Production and Comprehension)en_AU
local.identifier.absseo950202 - Languages and Literacyen_AU
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5721749xPUB47en_AU
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3391657xPUB96
local.identifier.citationvolume10en_AU
local.identifier.doi10.1017/langcog.2017.21en_AU
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85044298290
local.identifier.uidSubmittedByu5721749en_AU
local.publisher.urlhttp://journals.cambridge.org/en_AU
local.type.statusPublished Versionen_AU

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