Article published in:Evidentiality in Interaction
Edited by Janis B. Nuckolls and Lev Michael
[Benjamins Current Topics 63] 2014
► pp. 57–73
From quotative other to quotative self
Evidential usage in Pastaza Quichua
Evidentials in Pastaza Quichua, an Amazonian dialect of Ecuadorian Quechua, are examined and their uses in narratives compared. The novel contribution of this chapter is to show, by comparing data from personal experience narratives, that evidentials are used to convey speaker subjectivity, rather than source of information, and that switches between different speaker subjectivities, which may be encoded as ‘selves’ or ‘others’, are particularly evident in passages where momentous, life-changing statuses or interpersonal upheavals are being articulated.
Published online: 19 June 2014