[Lingtyp] CFP: Expression of knowledge: epistemicity and beyond (Helsinki, Finland)

Seppo Kittilä sepkit at utu.fi
Mon Feb 13 01:41:45 EST 2017


(apologies for multiple postings)

The expression of knowledge: epistemicity and beyond

(The whole cfp can be read at: http://www.linguistics.fi/knowling-2017/)

August 23–25 2017, Helsinki

Organized by

The Linguistic Association of Finland (SKY) (http://www.linguistics.fi)
Research project Evidego, University of Helsinki (http://blogs.helsinki.fi/evid-ego/)

Invited speakers

Bert Cornillie (University of Leuven)
Ilana Mushin (The University of Queensland)

Call for papers

In recent years, the study of evidentiality and epistemicity has expanded from typologies of information source to a more comprehensive view on the expression of knowledge. Also languages without grammatical evidentials (including thus also many European languages) have gained foothold in studies of evidentiality (see, e.g., Diewald & Smirnova 2010). In other words, the focus of study has shifted from pure grammaticalized systems towards the semantic notion of source of information. Evidentiality has increasingly been investigated in relation to neighboring functional categories such as epistemic stance (cf. Englebretson 2007; Heritage 2012), and it has also been studied from an interactional and socio-cultural perspective (Mushin 2001; Gipper 2011; Nuckolls & Michael 2014; Fried in press).

The goal of this symposium is to extend the notion of expression of knowledge even further to include any possible way of referring to how and why we know what we know. This is not to diminish the relevance of epistemicity, but rather to broaden the perspective, and in so doing also to examine the interplay of these categories with other ways of referring to how we manage knowledge linguistically. In other words, our goal is to arrive at a holistic view of knowledge expression. The expression of knowledge to be broached is thus not confined to grammaticalized evidentials or epistemic markers, but also other possible ways of referring to knowledge will be of interest. Consequently, both contributions that discuss the interplay of different ways of knowledge expression and more traditional, narrower approaches are equally welcome. Furthermore, we are interested in how language ecology shapes the linguistic coding of knowledge. For example, ways of referring to knowledge vary according to genre and speech situation (Aikhenvald 2004: 310). Moreover, the information acquired through mediated forms of discourse such as new media may be encoded differently from more traditionally understood types of information source such as hearsay (Aikhenvald 2014: 34).

Due to the broadness of the topic, any presentation dealing with the expression of knowledge is welcome regardless of whether it deals with the topic in an individual language, across languages, or from a more theoretical perspective. Any theoretical framework is welcome, but the authors need to bear in mind that the papers should be accessible to anyone regardless of their theoretical background. Potential topics for talks include, but are in no way restricted to:

-	The lexical, constructional and morphological ways of expressing knowledge: What is the division of labor of different ways of expressing knowledge (including information source, epistemic stance and authority, shifting perspectives) (cf. Cornillie 2009; San Roque 2015; Bergqvist in press)? How do knowledge expressions interact with each other? 
-	The pragmatics of knowledge expressions: How are evidential and epistemic expressions (and also lexical ways of knowledge expression) used in interaction?
-	The grammar of knowledge within and across languages: What kinds of systems of knowledge expression (including evidentiality, egophoricity and epistemicity) do languages have? To what extent are the various functional domains expressed obligatorily? 
-	The borders of the categories related to knowledge: Do expressions of knowledge form a natural class? What kind of comparative concept would cover the diverse descriptive categories of knowledge (cf. Haspelmath 2010)?
-	The ecology of knowledge expressions: How do cultural-linguistic practices shape the linguistic coding of knowledge? In what ways are knowledge expressions genre-specific (e.g. oral history, newspaper discourse) (cf. Floyd 2005)? How do knowledge expressions adapt to changes in the socio-cultural environment (e.g. new forms of communication)?
-	Emergence, variation and change of knowledge expressions: What are the source constructions and processes of grammaticalization that lead to the scattered coding of evidentiality? What kinds of semantic extensions do knowledge expressions have?

Abstract submission

Anonymous abstracts of no more than 500 words, excluding data and references, should be submitted by March 31, 2017. Each abstract will be reviewed by (at least) two members of the scientific committee. Notifications of acceptance will be announced by April 30, 2017. The talks will be 30 minutes long: 20 min for presentation and 10 min for discussion (including the 2–3 minutes needed for changing rooms between talks).

The first day of the conference is reserved primarily for workshops. Workshop convenors should submit a general description of the workshop (up to 1000 words) along with a list of speakers by March 31. The proposal should be sent to the organizers at knowling-2017 at helsinki.fi. The participants of the workshops are requested to submit their abstracts via Easychair as they will go through the same evaluation process as the abstracts submitted to the general session.

Please submit your abstract at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=knowling2017.

For all correspondence concerning the symposium, please contact: knowling-2017 at helsinki.fi.


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