Article published in:Nominalization in Asian Languages: Diachronic and typological perspectives
Edited by Foong Ha Yap, Karen Grunow-Hårsta and Janick Wrona
[Typological Studies in Language 96] 2011
► pp. 757–788
Discourse-structuring functions of Abui demonstratives
In a number of East and South-East Asian languages, certain grammatical elements such as pronouns, generic nouns, or demonstratives (e.g. one, thing, this) have acquired additional pragmatic functions. Well-documented examples of this grammaticalization process are the Mandarin de, the Malay punya/nya/mia and the Japanese no (cf. Yap, Matthews et al. 2004); the grammaticalized element occurs in the sentence-final position encoding speaker’s certainty about the proposition. A similar development has taken place in Abui (a Papuan language of Eastern Indonesia); markers describing speaker’s attitude towards a proposition (evidentiality and assertion) are recruited from two sources: (i) demonstratives and (ii) the utterance verb ba ‘say’.
Published online: 29 June 2011
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