The interaction between epistemicity and social rank on an online bulletin board

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The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the close interaction between epistemic and evidential stance verbs on the one hand and social hierarchy and power on the other. It is hypothesized that there is a correlation between the degree and intensity of stance verbs and the social context in which they are generated. The data for the study comes from an online bulletin board, in which members are believed to have formed a virtual community with considerable linguistic and social variation. In order to enable the investigation of stance relative to an extra-linguistic dimension, social status is operationalized and members of the community are divided into three hierarchically distinct ranks: moderators, hosts and casual senders. A dialogical approach to the data suggests the distinct use of epistemic and evidential stance verbs in establishing and maintaining group membership by the three hierarchically different ranks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSubjectivity and epistemicity
Subtitle of host publicationcorpus, discourse, and literary approaches to stance
EditorsDylan Glynn, Mette Sjölin
PublisherLund University Press
ISBN (Print)9789187833199
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameLund studies in English
PublisherCentre for Languages and Literature, Lund University
ISSN (Print)0076-1451

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Languages and Literature


  • Stance
  • social hierarchy
  • corpus linguistics
  • Dialogical Discourse Analysis


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