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Title: Evidentiality in interaction A pragmatic analysis of Korean hearsay evidential markers
Authors: Ahn, M
Yap, FH 
Keywords: Hearsay evidential marker
Attributive evidential
Conclusive evidential
Epistemic stance
Solidarity-enhancing effect
Impersonal and distancing effect
Main-clause ellipsis
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: John Benjamins
Source: Studies in language, 2015, v. 39, no. 1, p. 46-84 How to cite?
Journal: Studies in language 
Abstract: This paper examines how hearsay evidential markers in Korean are used within the pragmatic domain to serve a wide range of epistemic and politeness functions. In particular, we focus on a new paradigm of hearsay evidential markers - more specifically, the V-ta ha-X > V-ta-X type, among them -tako, -tamye, -tamyense, -tanun, and -tanta (see Ahn & Yap 2014) - and using data from the Sejong Contemporary Spoken Corpus, we examine the extended uses of these hearsay evidential markers in natural conversations, and show how these 'say'-derived evidential markers contribute to the expression of different shades of speaker stance. Special attention is also given to their distinctive roles in modulating the strength - as well as pragmatic nuance - of an epistemic claim. This study also examines the role of main-clause ellipsis, in particular its contribution to the reanalysis of the (quoted) complement clause as a stand-alone 'new main clause', and the concomitant reinterpretation of the erstwhile ha 'say' complement-taking matrix clause as a sentence final particle that often retains an evidential reading but also captures the pragmatic nuance of its discourse context. The findings of this study contribute to a fuller understanding of how 'say'-derived evidential constructions in Korean (and potentially also in other languages) extend their semantic scope to develop into markers of speakers' subjective and intersubjective/interpersonal stance.
ISSN: 0378-4177 (print)
1569-9978 (online)
DOI: 10.1075/sl.39.1.03ahn
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