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North-South Epistemic Network meeting


Start date: Wednesday 1 June 2022

Time: 09.00

End date: Thursday 2 June 2022

Time: 17.00

Location: C307, Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University

The topic of this meeting is the linguistic notion of evidentiality.

Research on epistemicity is a young and vibrant field within linguistics, encompassing studies of evidentiality (source of evidence), epistemic modality (certainty or lack thereof), egophoricity (involvement in the described situation), or engagement (relations between interlocutors), and many other subfields, the description of which is still in its infancy.

This meeting at Stockholm University will provide a starting point for an official cross-institutional synergy, resulting in future collaborations between individual researchers, as well as research groups and departments.


Workshop 1–2 June 2022

The workshop is organized in a hybrid format by researchers Karolina Grzech and Henrik Bergqvist (Department of Linguistics). Researchers from Finland and Germany will participate on site and researchers from Spain, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands will participate online.



Wednesday 1 June

9:00–9:30 Welcome
9:30–10:00 Henrik Bergqvist
10:00–10:30 Martine Bruil (online)
10:30–11:00 Coffee break
11:00–11:30 Kasper Boye (online)
11:30–12:00 Kalle Müller
12:00–12:30 Dorota Kotwica (online)
12:30–14:00 Lunch
14:00–14:30 Seppo Kittilä
14:30–15:00 Sonja Gipper (online)
15:00–15:30 Coffee break
15:30–16:00 Erika Sandman
16:00–16:30 Karolina Grzech

Thursday, 2 June


Discussion 1: Evidentiality, egophoricity, speech act participation

What can we learn from functional parallels between egophoric and evidential systems? To what extent do reportative evidentials share the properties of other types of evidential expression? How do we incorporate the interactional properties of evidentials, such as their position in an interactional sequence, into their analysis in a consistent way?

11:00–11:30 Coffee break

Discussion 2: Typology of epistemic expressions

What should we take into account when comparing epistemic systems? How can we ensure that we compare like with like when it comes to epistemic and intersubjective expressions? How can comparative/typological research contribute to a viable, empirically grounded theory of evidentiality and other epistemic categories?

12:30–14:30 Lunch

Discussion 3: Epistemic marking and context

What counts as context in the analysis of epistemic expressions? How can intersubjective aspects of context be quantified and compared? What aspects of context should be documented in a corpus to enable subsequent work on epistemic expressions?

16:00–16:30 Coffee break
16:30–17:00 Final remarks & closing


If you wish to attend the workshop on site or via zoom, please send an email to Karolina Grzech or Henrik Bergqvist.

Karolina Grzech:
Henrik Bergqvist:



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