Evidentials and Modals


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This book offers an in-depth account of the meaning of grammatical elements representing evidentiality in connection to modality, focusing on theoretical/formal perspectives by eminent pioneers in the field and on recently discovered phenomena in Korean evidential markers by native scholars in particular. Evidentiality became a hot topic in semantics and pragmatics, trying to see what kind of evidential justification is provided by evidentials to support or be related to the ‘at-issue’ prejacent propositions. This book aims to provide a deeper understanding of such evidentiality in discourse contexts in a broad range of languages such as American Indian, Korean and Japanese, Turkish and African languages over the world. In addition, an introduction to the concept of evidentiality and theoretical perspectives and recent issues is also provided.

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Chungmin Lee, Ph.D. (1973), Indiana University and Seoul National University, is a Professor Emeritus of Linguistics (and Cognitive Science) at that university and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, ROK. He has published papers on semantics, Korean and English Semantics on presupposition, negative imperative, negative polarity, and information structure in journals like Language, Foundations of Language, Linguistic Inquiry. He has been on editorial boards of Linguistics and Philosophy and several other journals. He edited Topic and Focus with Buring and Gordon (Springer, 2006) and is editor of Springer's series Language, Cognition, and Mind (LCAM).

Jinho Park, Ph.D. (2003), Seoul National University, is Professor of Korean Linguistics at that university. His research interests include linguistic typology, syntax and semantics of Asian languages, corpus linguistics and natural language processing.
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Introduction: Perspectives and Issues
Chungmin Lee and William McClure

Part 1 Theoretical and Typological Perspectives on Evidentiality

1 Evidentiality and Information Source
Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

2 A Possible Worlds Semantics for Cuzco Quechua Evidentials
Martina T. Faller

3 A Matter of Taste
Ezra Keshet

4 Evidence Type, Evidence Location, Evidence Strength
Lisa Matthewson

5 Testimony, Trust, and Evidentials
Elin McCready

6 A Hamblin Semantics for Evidentials and Evidential Questions
Sarah E. Murray

Part 2 Issues on Evidentiality from Korean

7 Korean Evidentials and Epistemic Modals
Kyung-Sook Chung

8 Evidential Markers as Interactional Resources in Korean Conversation
Mary Shin Kim

9 The Nature of Evidentiality and Epistemic Modals: The Causal Event Structure
Iksoo Kwon

10 Evidentials: Nature, Interactions and Shiftability
Chungmin Lee

11 The Korean Pre-final Ending -te: A Historical Investigation
Ji-Young Lee

12 A Modal Account of ‘First Person’ Constraints on Evidential Sentences
Jungmee Lee

13 What Kind of (Doxastic) Alternatives Does the Korean Evidential -te Introduce (If It Does)?
Dongsik Lim

14 Evidential and/or Mirative Components of Some Verb Endings and Periphrastic Constructions in Korean
Jinho Park

15 Evidentiality in Korean
Jaemog Song

Part 3 Evidentiality and Modality in Other Languages

16 Processing Evidentiality in Bilingualism and Aphasia: An Overview of Some Recent Studies on Turkish
Seçkin Arslan

17 Evidentials in African Languages
Robert Botne

18 Breaking the Illusion of Modality: Reclassifying Japanese darou
Marisa Nagano and William McClure

19 Epistemic Modality in Southeastern Tepehuan
Thomas Willett

20 Modal Particles yo/ne in Japanese
Kei Yoshimoto

All interested in evidentiality (ecidential morphemic markers or constructions), modality or related linguistic concepts and phenomena, especially concerned with studying these linguistic topics on the basis of empirical linguistic data.
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