Studies in Evidentiality

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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...
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Overview

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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Elena Bashir
This book is a major publication in the rapidly expanding field of evidentiality studies. It will join the sequence of books like Chafe and Nichols (1986), Guentcheva (1996), and Johanson, L. and Utas, B. (2000) as an essential resource for linguists interested in evidentiality studies, and should certainly find itself on the shelves of university libraries. Its new contribution is that it attempts to introduce a typological framework within which the data from various languages can be fit. The individual chapters are rich in data and language-specific interpretive analysis. It is recommended without reservation.
Augustinus Gianto
Much can be learned from this volume about how and why languages grammaticalize evidentiality.
Winfried Boeder
The volume is a welcome contribution to the study of evidentiality, and it offers many new and important insights. Its wealth of information is made readily accessible both by the introduction (Chapter 1) and a very detailed index that follows the laudable tradition of the series.
Zygmunt Frajzyngier
The main value of the volume is that it enriches our knowledge of the means of coding the speaker's attitude toward the information provided, be it with respect to the sources of knowledge or to the reality of the event. Given the fact that the present volume contains mostly studies of different languages, it constitutes a most useful companion for scholars studying speakers' attitudes toward the sources of their knowledge and toward the propositions they produce.
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Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
Abbreviations
Ch. 1 Evidentiality in typological perspective 1
Ch. 2 Evidentiality in Shipibo-Konibo, with a comparative overview of the category in Panoan 33
Ch. 3 Evidentiality in Qiang 63
Ch. 4 Evidentiality in Western Apache (Athabaskan) 79
Ch. 5 Evidentials in Eastern Pomo with a comparative survey of the category in other Pomoan languages 101
Ch. 6 Evidentiality in Tariana 131
Ch. 7 Evidentiality in Jarawara 165
Ch. 8 Evidentiality in the Balkans with special attention to Macedonian and Albanian 189
Ch. 9 Evidentiality in Yukaghir 219
Ch. 10 Evidentiality in Myky 237
Ch. 11 Evidential category and evidential strategy in Abkhaz 243
Ch. 12 Evidentiality in Turkic 273
Ch. 13 Evidentiality in West Greenlandic: A case of scattered coding 291
Ch. 14 Evidentials. Summation, questions, prospects 307
Index of authors 329
Index of languages and language families 333
Index of subjects 341
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