“I love homosexuals like I love gangsters”: epistemics and evidentiality in a Brazilian hybrid television news interview

  • Edvan P. Brito
  • Text & Talk - An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language Discourse Communication Studies, January 2017, De Gruyter
  • DOI: 10.1515/text-2017-0019

Epistemics and evidentiality in a Brazilian hybrid television news interview

What is it about?

This paper looks at the strategies used by an interviewer and an interviewee as they try to persuade each other and their audiences on LGBTQ issues, especially gay adoption. In doing so, it analyzes how each interlocutor talks about what they know (e.g. their views on LGBTQ issues) , calling attention to issues such as the source and domain of their knowledge and who has the rights to present it and to know it.

Why is it important?

This paper is relevant because it presents elements of the discussion on LGBTQ people's rights using approaches that deal with knowledge and how people express it. As such, they help to understand the strategies that are often employed to support or deny these rights.


Edvan Brito
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

I decided to write this paper immediately after I watched the whole interview featured in it on Youtube. Paying attention to how each participant of the interview expressed their arguments in favor of or against LGBTQ people's rights, I wanted to analyze the discursive elements that constituted the ideas they supported.

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