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Title: Epistemic downgrading in Cantonese conversations
Authors: Yap, FH 
Chor, W
Keywords: Epistemicity
Issue Date: Aug-2012
Source: The 20th Annual Conference of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics (IACL-20), August 29-31, 2012, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong How to cite?
Abstract: Recent works on epistemicity have focused on how speakers negotiate their epistemic stance in a conversation, i.e. how they can convey neutrality, engagement or detachment toward an utterance (see Fox 2001; Kim 2005, 2011).
This study focuses on how native speakers of Cantonese use different strategies to modulate, in particular downgrade, the epistemic strength of their claims in response to the disaffiliative responses from their addressee(s).
This study also shows that these strategies are used for politeness reasons – to address the “face” of both the speaker and the addresses.
Description: The conference was organized by the International Association of Chinese Linguistics (IACL).
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