Egophoricity, involvement, and semantic roles in Tibeto-Burman languages

Widmer, Manuel; Zúñiga, Fernando (2017). Egophoricity, involvement, and semantic roles in Tibeto-Burman languages. Open linguistics, 3(1), pp. 419-441. De Gruyter 10.1515/opli-2017-0021

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In this study, we explore typological aspects of egophoricity marking based on selected Tibeto-Burman languages. Conceptualizing egophoricity as an autonomous grammatical category that marks access to knowledge, we first discuss how egophoricity marking interacts with evidentiality in the Tibeto-Burman languages Shigatse Tibetan and Bunan. We then go on to explore the differences between the egophoricity systems of Shigatse Tibetan and Bunan, arguing that the variability of egophoricity within and across languages can be captured if we distinguish (i) constructions in which egophoricity markers express privileged access to knowledge due to actional involvement in the role of an event participant from (ii) constructions in which egophoricity markers express privileged access to knowledge due to epistemic involvement in the role of a ÒknowerÓ whose precise relation to the event is not specified. We additionally introduce a set of five semantic roles to offer a more detailed description of the egophoricity systems of Shigatse Tibetan and Bunan (and also, albeit marginally, Kathmandu Newar and Galo). This study thus offers a new perspective on the variability of egophoricity systems in Tibeto-Burman and propagates an analytical approach that may also be helpful for analyzing egophoricity systems in other language families of the world.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Linguistics

UniBE Contributor:

Zúñiga, Fernando

Subjects:

400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 490 Other languages

ISSN:

2300-9969

Publisher:

De Gruyter

Language:

English

Submitter:

Fernando Zúñiga

Date Deposited:

19 Feb 2018 17:11

Last Modified:

04 Nov 2019 06:43

Publisher DOI:

10.1515/opli-2017-0021

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.107683

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/107683

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