Aspect and Evidentiality in Four Bantu Languages

Thera Marie Crane, Tim Roth, Hilde Gunnink, Ponsiano Kanijo

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Fully grammaticalized, obligatory evidentiality systems are thought to be rare in the languages of Africa in general, and in the Bantu languages in particular. However, ongoing semantic research in Bantu languages continues to uncover systems that are primarily evidential in their semantics, as well as other grammatical categories that can be exploited to express evidential distinctions. In this chapter, we discuss four geographically and typologically diverse Bantu languages – Fwe, Nyamwezi, Nzadi, and Ikoma – in which distinct grams with overlapping tempo-aspectual readings exhibit salient distinctions in their evidential force . The evidentiality distinctions seen in the languages discussed add further support for the robust cross-linguistic link between resultatives and indirect evidentials. Links between progressive aspect and “authoritive” (first-hand sensory or trusted second-hand) evidentials are also suggested.
Titel på gästpublikationBeyond Time
RedaktörerAstrid De Wit, Frank Brisard, Carol Madden-Lombardi, Michael Meeuwis, Adeline Patard
FörlagOxford University Press
Status!!Accepted/In press - sep 2021
MoE-publikationstypA3 Del av bok eller annan forskningsbok

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