Studies in Evidentiality

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John Benjamins Pub., 2003 - 347 lappuses
In a number of languages, the speaker must specify the evidence for every statement whether seen, or heard, or inferred from indirect evidence, or learnt from someone else. This grammatical category, referring to information source, is called evidentiality . Evidentiality systems differ in how complex they are: some distinguish just two terms (eyewitness and noneyewitness, or reported and non-reported), while others have six (or even more) terms. Evidentiality is a category in its own right, and not a subtype of epistemic or some other modality, or of tense-aspect. The introductory chapter sets out cross-linguistic parameters for studying evidentiality. It is followed by twelve chapters which deal with typologically different languages from various parts of the world: Shipibo-Conibo, Jarawara, Tariana and Myky from South America; West Greenlandic Eskimo; Western Apache and Eastern Pomo from North America; Qiang (Tibeto-Burman); Yukaghir (Siberian isolate); Turkic languages; languages of the Balkans; and Abkhaz (Northwest Caucasian). The final chapter summarises some of the recurrent patterns. "

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R. M. W. Dixon (PhD 1968 in Linguistics, University of London, Doctor of Letters 1991, Australian National University) is Adjunct Professor at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University. He has published extensively on typological theory, and genetic and areal relationships between languages, in addition to a grammatical study of English. He has published comprehensive grammars of a number of Australian languages (including Dyirbal and Yidi ), of Boumaa Fijian and of Jarawara from southern Amazonia. His seminal essay, "The rise and fall of languages, was a prolegomenon to his inclusive study Australian languages: their nature and development".

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