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Contextual semantics of ‘Lhasa’ Tibetan evidentials

Hill, Nathan W. (2013) 'Contextual semantics of ‘Lhasa’ Tibetan evidentials.' SKASE Journal of Theoretical Linguistics, 10 (3). pp. 47-54.

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Abstract

DeLancey (2012) eloquently makes the point that the generativist notion of 'grammaticality' is a misleading metaphor by which to understand human language. Despite this, DeLancey himself claims that a number of constructions in 'Lhasa' Tibetan cannot be said at all, cannot be said by ethnic Tibetans, or can only be said by ethnic Tibetan. These purported usage restrictions are not accurate. The contextual semantics of 'Lhasa' Tibetan evidentials falsify DeLancey's and Aikhenvald's use of hierarchies of information source to explain the use of evidentials. 'Lhasa' Tibetan also falsifies several other of Aikhenvald's typological generalizations.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia
Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of Linguistics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
ISSN: 1336-782X
Depositing User: Nathan Hill
Date Deposited: 24 Dec 2013 15:50
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/17855

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