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Said, Seen, or Thought: Evidentiality in Kumzari

  • Datum: 2017-03-31 kl 12:15 13:15
  • Plats: Engelska parken 9-2029
  • Föreläsare: Dr. Christina van der Wal Anonby, Leiden University
  • Arrangör: Iranska språk
  • Kontaktperson: Carina Jahani
  • Telefon: 018-4717869
  • Föreläsning

Kumzari is an Indo-Iranian mixed language spoken on the Arabian peninsula. Three particles in Kumzari code information source as sensory, reportive, or inferred. Evidentiality is distinguished from both epistemic modality (certainty of information) and mirativity (prior knowledge of information), which are instead marked on the verb.

Kumzari is an Indo-Iranian mixed language spoken on the Arabian peninsula. Three particles in Kumzari code information source as sensory, reportive, or inferred. Evidentiality is distinguished from both epistemic modality (certainty of information) and mirativity (prior knowledge of information), which are instead marked on the verb. This paper will describe the morphosyntax and semantic range of the three evidentials and will discuss grammaticalisation, especially distinguishing evidentials from adverbs. It will also address such pragmatic concerns as the role of evidentiality in Kumzari narrative discourse. Comparisons will be drawn to similar particles in other Iranian languages.