by Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

Paperback(Revised ed.)

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In a number of languages, scattered across the world, every statement must contain a specification of the type of evidence on which it is based—whether the speaker saw it, or heard it, or inferred it from indirect evidence, or learnt it from somebody else. Of interest to any grammarian, the book discusses evidentiality, and the cognitive and sociolinguistic consequences of evidentiality in a language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199204335
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 07/27/2006
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Alexandra Aikhenvald is Professor of Linguistics The Cairns Institute, James Cook University. She has worked on descriptive and historical aspects of Berber languages and in 1990 published, in Russian, a grammar of Modern Hebrew. She is a major authority on languages of the Arawak family o fnorthern Amazonia, and has written grammars of Bare (1995, based on work with the last speaker who has since died), Warekena (1998), and Tariana, from Northwest Amazonia (2003). Her books include Classifiers: a Typology of Noun Categorization Devices (2000, paperback reissue 2003), and Language Contact in Amazonia (2002). She is currently working on a grammatical description of Manambu, from the Sepik region of New Guinea.

Table of Contents

1. Preliminaries and Key Concepts
2. Evidentials World-wide
3. How to Mark Information Source
4. Evidential Extensions of Non-evidential Categories
5. Evidentials and Their Meanings
6. Evidentiality and Mirativity
7. Whose Evidence is that? Evidentials and Person
8. Evidentials and Other Grammatical Categories
9. Evidentials: Where do they come from?
10. How to Choose the Correct Evidential: Evidentiality in Discourse and in Lexicon
11. What are Evidentials Good for? Evidentiality, Cognition and Cultural Knowledge
12. What can we Conclude; Summary and Prospects
Fieldworker's Guide. How to gather materials on evidentiality systmes
Glossary of Terms
Index of Languages
Index of Authors
Subject Index

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