Studies in Evidentiality

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Robert M. W. Dixon
John Benjamins Publishing, 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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CHAPTER
1
CHAPTER
7
Evidentiality in ShipiboKonibo with a comparative overview
33
CHAPTER 3
63
Evidentiality in Western Apache Athabaskan
79
CHAPTER 5
101
CHAPTER 6
131
Evidentiality in Jarawara
165
CHAPTER 9
219
CHAPTER 10
237
Evidential category and evidential strategy in Abkhaz
243
CHAPTER 12
273
A case of scattered coding
291
CHAPTER 14
307
Index of authors
329
Index of subjects
341

CHAPTER 8
189

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