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What is evidentiality?

 

Definition
 

Evidentiality is an epistemic modality that connotes the speaker's assessment of the evidence for his or her statement.

 

An evidential is a form, such as a verbal affix, that is a grammatical expression of evidentiality.

Kinds
  Here are some kinds of evidentiality:
 
Generic
  Evidentiality is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Bybee 1985 184

 

Palmer 1986 66–67

 

Givón 1984 307–308


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