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Cook, Clare, Rose-Marie Déchaine, Jeffrey Muehlbauer and Ryan Waldie. 2017. (De-)constructing evidentiality. Lingua 186,187 : 21–54.
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Expanding Faller (2002), this inquiry explores clauses with evidential marking as presenting, but not asserting, a proposition p. Pivotal to this assay is the distinction between common ground and origo ground. The common ground regulates p's to which interlocutors have made a commitment and is subject to the logic of contradiction: p and not-p cannot hold at the same time. The origo ground regulates p's that depend on a perspective-holder's experience and is subject to the logic of faultless disagreement: p and not-p can hold concurrently, as long as they live in two distinct origo gounds. This has two consequences. First, languages differ in default illocutionary force: assertion versus presentation. Second, languages diverge in how they code presentational force: lexically (English), morphologically (Nuu-chah-nulth), or syntactically (Plains Cree).