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SenSem: Smirnova on Evidentiality in Bulgarian

Friday, November 14, 2014
12:00 AM
403 Lorch Hall

Evidentiality in Bulgarian: information source, epistemic modality, and temporality

Anastasia Smirnova will present in SynSem today. The title and abstract of her presentation is given below.

Evidentiality in Bulgarian: information source, epistemic modality, and temporality

The question whether evidentiality, traditionally defined as a marker of information source, should receive a semantic or a pragmatic explanation has generated a good amount of discussion in the recent semantic literature (Izvorski 1997, Faller 2002, Matthewson et al. 2007, Murray 2010, , AnderBoise 2014). In this talk I discuss evidentiality in Bulgarian and propose a modal semantic analysis of the Bulgarian evidential operator. The analysis is based on novel evidence, including modal subordination effects and the temporal contribution of the evidential. The proposed compositional analysis captures how the information source, the temporal and the modal components interact. 

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