Article published in:Exploring the Turkish Linguistic Landscape: Essays in honor of Eser Erguvanlı-Taylan
Edited by Mine Güven, Didar Akar, Balkız Öztürk and Meltem Kelepir
[Studies in Language Companion Series 175] 2016
► pp. 143–156
The interface of evidentials and epistemics in Turkish
Perspectives from acquisition
Evidentiality marking is grammaticized in Turkish and closely aligns with the marking of epistemic notions. This paper addresses questions regarding the nature of evidentiality as a modal category, explores the functions of the evidential suffix -mIş/-(y)mIş for indicating information source and speaker stance, and considers its complementary distribution with the neutral past tense marker -DI and the epistemic suffix -DIr, providing empirical evidence from acquisition research. It concludes that evidentiality in Turkish is a modal category that is distinct from epistemic modality.
Keywords: epistemics, evidentials, language acquisition, Turkish
Published online: 14 June 2016
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