Evidence for what? Evidentiality and scope

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This paper deals with the scope properties of evidential meanings. It rejects the idea that different types of evidential meanings have different scope properties. More basically, it rejects the idea that evidential meanings apply to ‘speech acts’ or to ‘states of affairs’. The paper argues that evidential meanings share scope properties in the sense that they are all conceptually dependent on a ‘proposition’ – i.e. a meaning unit which can be said to have a truth value. Subsequently, it outlines how the scope properties can be employed in criteria of membership of the category of evidentiality.

Keywords: scope, propositions, states of affairs, speech acts
TidsskriftSprachtypologie und Universalienforschung
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)290-307
Antal sider18
StatusUdgivet - 2010

Bibliografisk note

This is an electronic version of an article published in STUF, Language Typologies and Universals, Akademie Verlag, Volume 63, Issue 4, p. 290–307 (November 2010).
For more information about this journal please visit: http://www.oldenbourg-verlag.de/akademie-verlag/stuf-language-typology-and-universals/18678319.

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