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'Perhaps' in Cape York Peninsula: Ignoratives and verbs of visual perception in epistemic marking

Verstraete, Jean-Christophe


This paper analyzes a pattern of epistemic marking that is found in several Paman (Pama-Nyungan) languages of Cape York Peninsula, in the north-east of Australia. Formally, the pattern consists of a marker that is identical to the imperative form of a verb of visual perception, optionally accompanied by an ignorative of the ‘thing’ category or another type of marker. Semantically, these elements mark potential verification, i.e., a weak type of epistemic meaning. The pattern is interesting for...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Aspects of Linguistic Variation
DOI: 10.1515/9783110607963-010
Access Rights: Open Access


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