Edited by Juana I. Marín-Arrese, Gerda Haßler and Marta Carretero
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 271] 2017
► pp. 171–192
Potential vs Use
Revisiting an evidential participial construction in Lithuanian
The paper deals with the existing potential of the grammatical realizations of evidentiality (so-called “passive evidentials”) in Lithuanian, which has been described theoretically in literature; however there are no studies that would attest to the frequency and patterns of actual use of this construction in authentic contemporary Lithuanian. The analysis has been carried out in the light of the theoretical approach (Boye and Harder 2009; Boye 2012) and the template of the database of evidential markers in European languages (Wiemer and Stathi 2010). The study employs corpus based quantitative and qualitative methodology in order to investigate the distributional patterns of the -ma/-ta construction in different types of discourse. Though -ma/-ta participles are very frequent in contemporary Lithuanian, their use in the evidential construction is very rare.
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