Language-specific resources in talk: a study of epistemic stance coding in Alto Perene (Arawak) agreements

Mihas, Elena (2016) Language-specific resources in talk: a study of epistemic stance coding in Alto Perene (Arawak) agreements. Discourse Studies, 18 (2). pp. 165-187.

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Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in lowland Peru, this study examines linguistic resources used for coding agreements in Alto Perene (Arawak) conversation. The study draws on the anthropological tradition of conversation analysis-informed ethnographies. The investigation of agreeing responses is limited to those which allow a projectedly knowing', or K-plus, participant to raise his or her epistemic status from the sequentially second position. It is shown that Alto Perene K-plus response formats include the evaluative property word kametsari good' with an intensifier and/or upgraded prosody, argument focus structures, two polarity verbs ari it is the case' and omapero it is true', and the verb nakiro as you can see'. This analysis demonstrates a relationship between the Alto Perene practices of expressing K-plus agreements and the collateral effects arising from the particular meanings and functions of structures which are used for accomplishing an agreeing action.

Item ID: 44186
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1461-7080
Keywords: Alto Perene Arawak, assessments, conversation, epistemic stance, K-plus agreement
Funders: James Cook University, Whatcom Museum Foundation (WMF)
Projects and Grants: WMF Jacobs Research Fund
Date Deposited: 11 May 2016 07:39
FoR Codes: 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4704 Linguistics > 470409 Linguistic structures (incl. phonology, morphology and syntax) @ 20%
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4703 Language studies > 470399 Language studies not elsewhere classified @ 80%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 100%
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