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The Semantics of Evidentials

Sarah E. Murray

Abstract

This book gives a compositional, truth‐conditional, crosslinguistic semantics for evidentials set in a theory of the semantics for sentential mood. Central to this semantics is a proposal about a distinction between what propositional content is at‐issue, roughly primary or proffered, and what content is not‐at‐issue. Evidentials contribute not‐at‐issue content, more specifically what I will call a not‐at‐issue restriction. In addition, evidentials can affect the level of commitment a sentence makes to the main proposition, contributed by sentential mood. Building on recent work in the formal ... More

Keywords: evidential, semantics, update semantics, truth‐conditional, crosslinguistic, sentential mood, not‐at‐issue, anaphora, structure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199681570
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199681570.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah E. Murray, author
Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, Cornell University