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The Grammar of Knowledge: A Cross-Linguistic Typology

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R. M. W. Dixon


This book offers both a linguistic and anthropological perspective on the expression of information sources, as well as inferences, assumptions, probability and possibility, and gradations of doubt and beliefs in a range of languages. Twelve different languages are investigated, from families including Tibeto-Burman, Nakh-Dagestani, and Austronesian, all of which share the property of requiring the source of information to be specified in every sentence. In these languages, it may not be possible to say merely that ‘the man went fishing’. Instead, the source of evidence for the statement must ... More

Keywords: information sources, inferences, probability, gradation, evidence, assumption

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198701316
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198701316.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, editor
Distinguished Professor, Australian Laureate Fellow, and Director of the Language and Culture Research Centre, James Cook University

R. M. W. Dixon, editor
Adjunct Professor and Deputy Director of the Language and Culture Research Centre, James Cook University

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