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The New Guinea Highlands evidentiality area

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San Roque,  Lila
Language and Cognition Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;
Language documentation and data mining;

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San Roque, L., & Loughnane, R. (2012). The New Guinea Highlands evidentiality area. Linguistic Typology, 16, 111-167. doi:10.1515/lity-2012-0003.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0012-2CC6-2
Abstract
The article presents the first survey of grammaticized evidentiality in a cluster of languages spoken in Papua New Guinea, including the Ok-Oksapmin, Duna-Bogaia, Engan, East and West Kutubuan, and Bosavi families. We compare certain features of these languages and outline how they contribute to the typological understanding of evidentiality. Findings concern the underexplored category of participatory evidentiality, the morphological form of direct versus indirect evidentials, relationships between person, information source, and time, and complex treatments of the “perceiver” role implied by evidentials. The systems of the area are rich and varied, providing great scope for further descriptive and typological work