Evidential in Persian editorials

Shokouhi, Hossein, Norwood, Clodagh and Soltani, Sadeq 2015, Evidential in Persian editorials, Discourse studies, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 449-466, doi: 10.1177/1461445615578964.

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Title Evidential in Persian editorials
Author(s) Shokouhi, Hossein
Norwood, Clodagh
Soltani, Sadeq
Journal name Discourse studies
Volume number 17
Issue number 4
Start page 449
End page 466
Total pages 18
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-08
ISSN 1461-4456
1461-7080
Keyword(s) Attribution
editorials
evidential
identified/specified
inferential evidential
mi-
Persian
unidentified/unspecified
Social Sciences
Communication
identified
specified
unidentified
unspecified
METADISCOURSE
PERSUASION
AUTHORITY
WRITTEN
Summary Based on the analysis of 267 tokens derived from editorial columns primarily drawn from two Persian newspapers, following on earlier studies by Chafe, Jahani, Lazard, Dahl, Adel, and Dafouze, and inspired by a series of Hyland’s studies on metadiscourse signals, this study has aimed at investigating evidential markers in these columns. In order to come to grips with the types of evidentials, first, we classify them into two major types – inferential and reportative; the reportative evidentials are further classified into four types. The reportative classification is based, in the first place, on whether the source of information comes from an individual or from a government body, hence institutional. The further classifications are based on their identifiability/specificity. Results show that inferential evidentials comprise about 15% of all the tokens. Among the four reportative types, those whose source is individual and identified/specified and those that are institutional and unidentified/unspecified, coded as TYPE 1 and TYPE 4, respectively, have the highest frequency. The results overall show that Persian editorials in these two papers feature a high frequency of attribution of information to identified sources when the source is individual (TYPE 1), but to unidentified sources when the source is institutional (TYPE 4). The results also support other authors (e.g. Lazard) who claim that the imperfective (progressive) aspect marker mi-, which is frequent in Persian, is a marker worthy of consideration in evidentiality.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1461445615578964
Field of Research 200403 Discourse and Pragmatics
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Sage
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083422

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