Nonveridicality and Evaluation

Theoretical, Computational and Corpus Approaches


Nonveridicality and evaluation interact in obvious ways in conveying opinion and subjectivity in language. In Nonveridicality and Evaluation Maite Taboada and Radoslava Trnavac bring together a diverse group of researchers with interests in evaluation, Appraisal, nonveridicality and coherence relations. The papers in the volume approach the intersection of these areas from two different points of view: theoretical and empirical. From a theoretical point of view, contributions reflect the interface between evaluation, nonveridicality and coherence. The empirical perspective is shown in papers that employ corpus methodology, qualitative descriptions of texts, and computational implementations.

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Maite Taboada is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University (Canada). She works in the areas of discourse analysis, systemic functional linguistics and computational linguistics.Ongoing research includes opinion and sentiment in text, coherence in multimodal documents, and cataphoric relations.

Radoslava Trnavac is a Lecturer in the Cognitive Science Program (Simon Fraser University, Canada). She works in the areas of cognitive linguistics and discourse analysis. Her current research addresses the interaction between coherence, cataphora, and event structure.

Contributors include: Nicholas Asher, Farah Benamara, Baptiste Chardon, Anastasia Giannakidou, Cliff Goddard, Oliver Gros, Yannick Matthieu, Jacques Moeschler, Vladimir Popescu, Ted Sanders, Manfred Stede, Ninke Stukker, and Michele Zappavigna.
Introduction: Nonveridicality and Evaluation across Disciplinary Boundaries
Maite Taboada and Radoslava Trnavac

Part 1: Evaluation and Nonveridicality in Semantics
1 (Non)veridicality, Evaluation, and Event Actualization: Evidence from the Subjunctive in Relative Clauses
Anastasia Giannakidou
2 Have to, Have Got to, and Must: NSM Analyses of English Modal Verbs of ‘Necessity’
Cliff Goddard
3 How ‘Logical’ are Logical Words? Negation and its Descriptive vs. Metalinguistic Uses
Jacques Moeschler

Part 2: Evaluation, Nonveridicality and Coherence in Computational Modelling
4 Determining Negation Scope in German and English Medical Diagnoses
Oliver Gros and Manfred Stede
5 Assessing Opinions in Texts: Does Discourse Really Matter?
Farah Benamara, Vladimir Popescu, Baptiste Chardon, Nicholas Asher, and Yannick Mathieu

Part 3: Corpus Studies on Evaluation and Coherence in Nonveridical Contexts
6 Subjectivity and Prototype Structure in Causal Connective Use across Discourse Contexts
Ninke Stukker and Ted Sanders
7 ‘If You Do It too then RT and Say #Idoit2’: The Co-Patterning of Contingency and Evaluation in Microblogging
Michele Zappavigna

Index of Subjects
Index of Names
The book seeks to engage researchers in sometimes disparate areas, such as Appraisal and formal semantics, who have an interest in how evaluation is interpreted.
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