The Semantics of Evidentials by Sarah E. MurrayThe Semantics of Evidentials by Sarah E. Murray

The Semantics of Evidentials

bySarah E. Murray

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This book provides argues for a compositional, truth-conditional, crosslinguistic semantics for evidentiality, the linguistic encoding of the source of information on which a statement is based. Central to the proposed theory is the distinction between what propositional content is at-issueand what content is not-at-issue. Evidentials contribute not-at-issue content, and can affect the level of commitment a sentence makes to the main proposition, which is contributed by sentential mood. In this volume, Sarah Murray builds on recent work in the formal semantics of evidentials and related phenomena, and proposes a semantics that does not appeal to separate dimensions of illocutionary meaning. Instead, she argues that all sentences make three semantic contributions: at-issue content,not-at-issue content, and an illocutionary relation. At-issue content is presented and made available for subsequent anaphora, but is not directly added to the common ground; not-at-issue content directly updates the common ground; and the illocutionary relation uses a proposition to imposestructure on the common ground, which, depending on the clause type, can trigger further updates. The analysis is supported by extensive empirical data from Cheyenne, drawn from the authors own fieldwork, as well as from English and a variety of other languages.
Sarah E. Murray is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Cornell University. She completed her Ph.D in Linguistics with a Certificate in Cognitive Science at Rutgers University in 2010, under the supervision of Maria Bittner. Her main research interests are the semantics and pragmatics of natural language, and she ...
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Title:The Semantics of EvidentialsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.03 inPublished:April 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199681589

ISBN - 13:9780199681587

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. A semantic classification of evidentials3. Evidentials and varieties of update4. Declarative sentences5. Interrogative sentences6. ConclusionAppendix A: Definitions and worked examplesAppendix B: Semantic contributions by phenomenon