Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 by Gunter Senft

Knowledge Asymmetries in Grammar and Interaction

A fundamental aspect of social cognition is our awareness that people do not all know the same things in the same ways. For example, we assert our own feelings and thoughts with a different kind of authority, directness, and certainty than we describe those of other people. Or do we? What do you think? The purpose of this project is to examine ways that such apparently basic asymmetries of epistemic access and authority are reflected and constructed in grammar and usage, and build a detailed picture of the nature and salience of ‘primary knower’ roles within and across languages.


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How to cite this resource?

San Roque, L., & Norcliffe, E. (2010). Knowledge asymmetries in grammar and interaction. In E. Norcliffe, & N. J. Enfield (Eds.), Field manual volume 13 (pp. 37-44). Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. doi:10.17617/2.529153.