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Българският адмиратив в типологическата класификация на езиците, притежаващи евиденциална глаголна категория
The Bulgarian admirative in the typology of languages with grammaticalized evidentiality

Author(s): Krasimira Aleksova
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Софийски университет »Св. Климент Охридски«

Summary/Abstract: The main purpose of the present paper is to pinpoint the place of the Bulgarian admirative in the typological classification of languages with evidentiality systems which have admirative use. The semantics of the admirative, a surprising conclusion about an unexpected fact (‘D, but I did not expect D’), invites the hypothesis that the Bulgarian admirative is one of the expressive uses of the conclusive (inferential) evidential but not a transposition of the renarrative evidential. The recognition of two types of evidentiality systems attested worldwide: i. evidentiality systems with two subcategories (non-first hand : firsthand information; non-eyewitness : eyewitness etc.) and ii. evidentiality systems with many subsystems which grammatically encode more details about the information source (three, four or more subcategories), proves the hypothesis that the admirative is related with the inferential evidential but not with the reported (or hearsay) one.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 2-3
  • Page Range: 68-82
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Bulgarian