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.
Much can be learned from this volume about how and why languages grammaticalize evidentiality.
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.
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.