| Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics Nijmegen & Universidad San Francisco de Quito
| Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics Nijmegen
| Radboud University & Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics Nijmegen
ISBN 9789027206992 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027265548 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
Egophoricity refers to the grammaticalised encoding of personal knowledge or involvement of a conscious self in a represented event or situation. Most typically, a marker that is egophoric is found with first person subjects in declarative sentences and with second person subjects in interrogative sentences. This person sensitivity reflects the fact that speakers generally know most about their own affairs, while in questions this epistemic authority typically shifts to the addressee. First described for Tibeto-Burman languages, egophoric-like patterns have now been documented in a number of other regions around the world, including languages of Western China, the Andean region of South America, the Caucasus, Papua New Guinea, and elsewhere. This book is a first attempt to place detailed descriptions of this understudied grammatical category side by side and to add to the cross-linguistic picture of how ideas of self and other are encoded and projected in language. The diverse but conceptually related egophoric phenomena described in its chapters provide fascinating case studies for how structural patterns in morphosyntax are forged under intersubjective, interactional pressures as we link elements of our speech to our speech situation.

[Typological Studies in Language, 118]  2018.  vii, 505 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Egophoricity: An introduction
Lila San Roque, Simeon Floyd and Elisabeth Norcliffe
Chapter 2. “Am I blue?” Privileged access constraints in Kathmandu Newar
David Hargreaves
Chapter 3. Mirativity and egophoricity in Kurtöp
Gwendolyn Hyslop
Chapter 4. Interactions of speaker knowledge and volitionality in Sherpa
Barbara F. Kelly
Chapter 5. Egophoricity and differential access to knowledge in Yongning Na (Mosuo)
Liberty Lidz
Chapter 6. Egophoricity in Wutun
Erika Sandman
Chapter 7. Egophoricity in Mangghuer: Insights from pragmatic uses of the subjective/objective distinction
Robert W. Fried
Chapter 8. Morphological innovations in Mangghuer and Shirongolic: Reconstructing the formal emergence of the subjective vs. objective distinction
Keith W. Slater
Chapter 9. Egophoricity and argument structure in Cha’palaa
Simeon Floyd
Chapter 10. Egophoricity and evidentiality in Guambiano (Nam Trik)
Elisabeth Norcliffe
Chapter 11. The role of sentence type in Ika (Arwako) egophoric marking
Henrik Bergqvist
Chapter 12. The evidential nature of conjunct-disjunct terms: Evidence from Oksapmin and Newar
Robyn Loughnane
Chapter 13. Egophoric patterns in Duna verbal morphology
Lila San Roque
Chapter 14. Learning how to know: Egophoricity and the grammar of Kaluli (Bosavi, Trans New Guinea), with special reference to child language
Lila San Roque and Bambi B. Schieffelin
Chapter 15. Self-ascription in conjunct-disjunct systems
Stephen Wechsler
Language index
Subject index
“This intriguing and original volume crystallises the emerging discovery of an exciting new grammatical phenomenon turning up in recent work on a number of languages from quite distinct regions of the world – especially in the Himalayas, the Andes and in the New Guinea Highlands. Egophoricity grammaticalises the inherent epistemic asymmetries between speaker, addressee and others, differently configured in statements, questions and represented thought. As such this book is deeply important to a range of fields interested in how we humans use language to manage, maintain or transcend the boundaries between individual and collective knowledge.”
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BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
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