Evidentials in Ryukyuan: the Shuri Variety of Luchuan

A Typological and Theoretical Study of Grammatical Evidentiality


Evidentiality, the linguistic category which marks the source of the speaker’s information, has often been overlooked in studies of Luchuan (Ryukyuan), the only sister language of Japanese. In this book, Arakaki provides the first comprehensive analysis of Luchuan evidentials. She proposes that Luchuan has a grammatical evidential system which contains one Direct evidential and three indirect evidentials (Inference, Assumed, and Reportative). The discussion includes cross-linguistic issues such as how evidentiality is related to epistemic modality, with the intention that this work should constitute a contribution to the typological and theoretical study of evidentiality. This work will open new horizons for the study of evidentiality.

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Tomoko Arakaki, Ph.D. (2011, University of Edinburgh), is Associate Professor in the Department of English Communication at Okinawa Christian University. She has published several articles, mainly about Luchuan grammar based on original fieldwork, and also currently works on Luchuan revitalization.
All interested in Ryukyuan or Japanese linguistics and in evidentiality and related grammatical categories, along with both undergraduate and graduate students specializing in the grammars of the languages of Japan.