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Title: Evidentials in Ryukyuan: the Shuri Variety of Luchuan
Subtitle: A Typological and Theoretical Study of Grammatical Evidentiality
Written By: Tomoko Arakaki
Series Title: Brill's Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture

Evidentiality, the linguistic category which marks the source of the speaker’s information, has often been overlooked in studies of Luchuan (Ryukyuan), the only sister language of Japanese. In this book, Arakaki provides the first comprehensive analysis of Luchuan evidentials. She proposes that Luchuan has a grammatical evidential system which contains one Direct evidential and three indirect evidentials (Inference, Assumed, and Reportative). The discussion includes cross-linguistic issues such as how evidentiality is related to epistemic modality, with the intention that this work should constitute a contribution to the typological and theoretical study of evidentiality. This work will open new horizons for the study of evidentiality.

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Brill
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Linguistic Field(s): Typology
Subject Language(s): Japanese
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789004230538
Pages: 208
Prices: Europe EURO 96.00
U.S. $ 133.00