Abstract

Abstract:

Directives are the primary grammatical resource in Sakapultek for speakers' self-positioning with regard to notions of necessity, obligation, and responsibility. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork and analysis of naturally occurring talk, I argue that such deontic stances require grounding in a locus of moral authority and index idealized relationship types among participants in a communicative event; distinguishing the multiplicity of Sakapultek directive forms in these terms is more illuminating than analyzing them in terms of directness or politeness. I suggest that the stances offered by the various directive forms are grounded in relative degree of egocentric or "subjectively" grounded moral authority.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1944-6527
Print ISSN
0003-5483
Pages
pp. 24-70
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-09
Open Access
No
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