This volume presents a theoretical and practical model for analysing epistemic stance in dialogues, i.e. the positions both epistemic (commitment) and evidential (source of information) which speakers take in the here and now of communication with regard to the information they are conveying and which they express through lexical and morphosyntactic means.
According to the results of our studies of different types of corpora, these positions can be reduced to three basic ones: Knowing, Unknowing, Believing (KUB).
In the first part of the book, we present the KUB model and its psychological and linguistic backgrounds. In the second part, we provide an exemplary application of the model, by presenting the qualitative and quantitative analysis of dialogues belonging to different genres and contexts.
The volume is addressed to scholars concerned with the topical issues from a theoretical and analytical perspective.
1. Preface; 2. Introduction; 3. Part 1. KUB as a theoretical model and a method of analysis; 4. Chapter 1. Psychological background; 5. Chapter 2. Linguistic background; 6. Chapter 3. Knowing, Unknowing, Believing positions: The KUB model; 7. Chapter 4. Are certainty and uncertainty psychological realities?; 8. Part 2. KUB in dialogues; 9. Chapter 5. "What should I do?": Epistemic positions and advice giving activity in troubles talk sequences; 10. Chapter 6. Confidence attitudes and epistemic management in the clairvoyant-journalist interviews: Extrasensory perception and epistemic authority; 11. Chapter 7. "Who is the killer?": Epistemic positions in Italian crime case talk-shows; 12. Chapter 8. Three epistemic models: A comparison; 13. Chapter 9. KUB, mind, brain, speech acts: Future perspectives; 14. References; 15. Transcription notes; 16. Index