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Title: Studies in Evidentiality
Edited By: Chia-jung Pan
R. M. W. Dixon
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=TSL_54
Description:

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;
iang (Tibeto-Burman); Yukaghir (Siberian isolate); Turkic languages;
languages of the Balkans; and Abkhaz (Northwest Caucasian). The final
chapter summarises some of the recurrent patterns.

Table of Contents

Table of contents
Contributors vii
Preface ix
1. Evidentiality in typological perspective
Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald 1
2. Evidentiality in Shipibo-Konibo, with a comparative overview of the
category in Panoan
Pilar M. Valenzuela 33
3. Evidentiality in iang*
Randy J. LaPolla 63
4. Evidentiality in Western Apache (Athabaskan)
Wilhem J. de Reuse 79
5. Evidentials in Eastern Pomo with a comparative survey of the category in
other Pomoan languages
Sally McLendon 101
6. Evidentiality in Tariana
Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald 131
7. Evidentiality in Jarawara*
R.M.W. Dixon 165
8. Evidentiality in the Balkans with special attention to Macedonian and
Albanian*
Victor A. Friedman 189
9. Evidentiality in Yukaghir
Elena S. Maslova 219
10. Evidentiality in Mỹky
Ruth Monserrat and R.M.W. Dixon 237
11. Evidential category and evidential strategy in Abkhaz
Vjacheslav Chirikba 243
12. Evidentiality in Turkic
Lars Johanson 273
13. Evidentiality in West Greenlandic: A case of scattered coding
Michael Fortescue 291
14. Evidentials
Brian D. Joseph 307
Index of authors 329
Index of languages and language families
Index of subjects

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Typology
Subject Language(s): Apache, Western
Qiang, Northern
Kalaallisut
Jamamadí
Pomo, Northern
Shipibo-Conibo
Tariana
Yukaghir, Northern
Language Family(ies): Turkic
Balkan Romani
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