The volume Nonveridicality and Evaluation: Theoretical, Computational and Corpus Approaches, edited by Maite Taboada and Radoslava Trnavac, brings together a diverse group of researchers with interests in evaluation, nonveridicality and coherence relations. The volume was published by Brill in the series Studies in Pragmatics, January 2014.  Most of the work in this volume was presented at a panel organized by Dr. Maite Taboada and Dr. Radoslava Trnavac at the 12th Conference of the International Pragmatics Association in Manchester, July 2011. The papers contained in the volume address issues having to do with how evaluation and subjectivity are interpreted in context, the context being sometimes determined by the presence of nonveridical markers, and sometimes by other discourse phenomena such as coherence relations.  As an illustration, consider the following examples in (1) and (2):

(1) He is a good student.

(2) He could be a good student.

 The modal verb in (2), a nonveridical marker, indicates that the positive evaluation is weakened to a potentially negative appraisal of the student.

 The papers in the volume approach the intersection between evaluation, nonveridicality and coherence relations from two different perspectives: theoretical and empirical. From a theoretical point of view, contributions reflect the interface between the three areas. The empirical perspective is showcased through corpus methodology, qualitative descriptions of texts, and computational implementations.

Contributors to the volume include the following authors: Nicholas Asher, Farah Benamara, Baptiste Chardon, Anastasia Giannakidou, Cliff Goddard, Oliver Gros, Yannick Mathieu, Jacques Moeschler, Vladimir Popescu, Ted Sanders, Manfred Stede, Ninke Stukker, and Michele Zappavigna.

For "What is Nonveridicality and Other Questions", a short interview with one of the editors of this volume, please click here.

Print