The communication of certainty/uncertainty within a Gospel passage (John 9:1-41)
This paper explores an argumentative discourse taken from John’s Gospel. The intention is to investigate the way speakers express their individual degree of certainty/uncertainty towards the piece of information they are giving or receiving. The paper analyzes the speakers’ different attitudes regarding the reliability of the communicated information (<i>Epistemicity</i>), focusing on the major linguistic markers that are used to support or criticize it and that reveal its truthfulness (<i>Evidentiality</i>). According to a pragmatic oriented approach, the paper reconstructs the whole discourse on the basis of a detailed scheme. This permits to analyze each dialogue as a coherent whole of speech acts, seen as argumentative moves aimed at bringing about a possible resolution of the difference of opinion, thus reaching an analytic overview.