Complexity in Egophoric Marking: From Agents to Attitude Holders

Bergqvist, Henrik; Knuchel, Dominique Liza (2017). Complexity in Egophoric Marking: From Agents to Attitude Holders. Open linguistics, 3(1), pp. 359-377. De Gruyter 10.1515/opli-2017-0018

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The present paper considers attested variation found in egophoric marking systems in order to discuss the role of such variation for the defining features of egophoric marking viz. a speech-act participant's epistemic authority subject to his/her involvement in an event. Austin Hale's (1980) pioneering description of egophoric marking in Kathmandu Newar (called "conjunct/disjunct" by Hale) has largely shaped our conception of what such systems look like, but in recent years, research on comparable systems has revealed that egophoric marking systems vary with respect to every purportedly defining feature of such systems. The one remaining variable that appears constant is the epistemic authority of the speech-act participants. When attempting to analyze and compare egophoric marking, one should consider all relevant cross-linguistic variation in order to determine what features are defeasible, and which ones are not. In this paper we explore the range of participant-roles that can be associated with egophoric marking focusing on "secondary" egophoric markers that map onto undergoers, affected participants, and the attitudes of the speech-act participants. It will become clear that these less prototypical instances of egophoric marking bridge such systems to a seemingly unrelated grammatical constructions, known as "ethical datives".

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Knuchel, Dominique Liza

Subjects:

400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 490 Other languages

ISSN:

2300-9969

Publisher:

De Gruyter

Language:

English

Submitter:

Dominique Liza Knuchel

Date Deposited:

08 Apr 2019 08:52

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 20:18

Publisher DOI:

10.1515/opli-2017-0018

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.127414

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/127414

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