Grammar and Epistemic Positioning: When Assessment Rules

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Televised interviews embrace a diversity of genres and formats. The particular genre studied here, the British football post-match interview, seems to privilege evaluation and commentary from the interviewee. This article argues that this is achieved through interviewer turns that are predominantly assessment oriented. The analysis shows the impact of this assessment orientation on the grammatical formatting of the interviewer turns and how it interacts with the sequential, institutional, and social distribution of epistemic access and epistemic primacy. Data are in British English.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-200
Number of pages18
JournalResearch on Language and Social Interaction
Issue number3
Early online date2 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2016


  • conversation analysis
  • assessments
  • grammar
  • epistemics


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