Article published in:Usage-Based Approaches to Language Change
Edited by Evie Coussé and Ferdinand von Mengden
[Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 69] 2014
► pp. 83–116
From inferential to mirative
An interaction-based account of an emerging semantic extension
In Yurakaré (isolate, Bolivia), the inferential evidential =tiba has a secondary use in a mirative construction marking unexpected information. This paper proposes that the synchronic interactional uses of =tiba plausibly reflect a diachronic process, namely an emerging semantic extension from inferential to mirative. It is argued that interactional structure is the driving force behind this semantic extension of =tiba, which demonstrates the importance of interactional structure as a factor in language change.
Published online: 10 July 2014
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