Commitment is a notion widely invoked in speech-act theory, in studies on modality and in dialogue modelling, but it has never been the central topic of a monograph or a collective volume in linguistics. This volume is the very first to bring together researchers from different linguistic traditions and request them to focus on the notion. All the contributions presented here use commitment as a key concept in accounting for a broad range of linguistic phenomena in various languages, from illocutionary acts like assertions and questions to modal expressions, through sentence-types, finite subordinate clauses, concessive markers, tense markers, and even text-types and genres. Each contributor takes pains to explicate his/her understanding of the term commitment, thus making interesting comparisons possible across theoretical boundaries. Some authors also point out potential drawbacks of the notion and argue for replacing or supplementing it with a related concept of involvement.
[Belgian Journal of Linguistics, 22] 2008. 276 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Table of Contents
Commitment: The term and the notionsPhilippe De Brabanter and Patrick Dendale | pp. 1–14
Tense, modality and commitment in modes of mixed enunciationAgnès Celle | pp. 15–36
Speaker commitment: Back to the speaker. Evidence from Spanish alternationsBert Cornillie and Nicole Delbecque | pp. 37–62
Speaker involvement through cognition verbs in SpanishBram De Saeger | pp. 63–81
Legal norms as objects of (non-)commitmentKaren Deschamps | pp. 83–100
A question of commitmentChristine Gunlogson | pp. 101–136
Commitment to an implicit aspect of meaning: A notional differentiation between concessive connectivesMitsuko Narita Izutsu | pp. 137–154
Assertoric commitmentsMikhail Kissine | pp. 155–177
Commitment: A parameter for the contrastive analysis of be going to and aller + inf.Laure Lansari | pp. 179–196
Explicitness, implicitness and commitment attribution: A cognitive pragmatic approachPatrick Morency, Steve Oswald and Louis de Saussure | pp. 197–219
Certamente and sicuramente: Encoding dynamic and discursive aspects of commitment in ItalianPaola Pietrandrea | pp. 221–246
All declarative questions are attributive?Claudia Poschmann | pp. 247–269
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