The orientation of evidentials in Attitude Contexts: A Case Study based on Narratives in Paraguayan Guarani
Pancheva, Roumyana Zubizarreta, Maria Luisa
July 2023
 

This paper examines the orientation of evidentials in complements of attitude verbs, with Paraguayan Guarani evidential ra’e as a case study. It argues that embedded evidentials can be directed either towards the speaker or towards a matrix attitude-holder argument (e.g., the subject of the attitude verb), and that a syntactic representation of the evidence-acquisition event, with its pronominal subject, in the lower end of the CP field, is well-poised to capture this potential ambiguity. Language-particular properties can also play a determining role in the orientation of the embedded evidential, as is the case of subordinator ha in Paraguayan Guarani.
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Reference: lingbuzz/007877
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keywords: evidentials, attitude verbs, paraguayan guarani, semantics, syntax
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