Epistemic Marking on Nouns in Nyala East

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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10900/143394
Dokumentart: ConferencePaper
Date: 2023-07
Language: English
Faculty: 5 Philosophische Fakultät
Department: Philosophische Fakultät
DDC Classifikation: 400 - Language and Linguistics
490 - Other languages
Keywords: Linguistik , Semantik , Feldforschung , Bantu
Other Keywords:
linguistics, semantics, fieldwork, Bantu languages
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We describe and analyze cases of epistemic marking on nouns in Nyala East (Bantu, Luhya; Kenya). In Nyala East, certain nouns may indicate the perspectival source of the information referred to by the noun. We analyze this pattern as an expansion of a more pervasive pattern in Bantu languages, that of marking nouns with speaker-oriented meaning (Gambarage, 2019). Our analysis extends this idea to include cases of perspectival shift, where the perspective is not (just) speaker-oriented.

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