A dialogue-based theory of evidentiality
How do we claim knowledge in everyday talk? This project investigates the linguistic category of evidentiality and how it is used in spoken language. The project focuses on data from indigenous languages of the Americas.
Evidentiality signals the speaker's claim of knowledge and conveys their source for such knowledge. This project aims to formulate a theory of evidentiality based on how the category is used in spoken interaction. The project focuses on endangered minority languages from South America, in which evidentiality is expressed by grammatical markers. The data used in the project comes from corpora of relevant languages, deposited in online archives dedicated to safeguarding endangered language materials. The project is innovative in terms of its research goals (defining a linguistic category based entirely on spoken language) and methodology (research on existing minority language corpora).