The essence of mirativity

Aikhenvald, Alexandra (2012) The essence of mirativity. Linguistic Typology, 16. pp. 435-485.

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The range of mirative meanings across the world's languages subsumes sudden discovery, surprise, and unpreparedmind of the speaker (and also the audience or the main character of a story). Mirative markers may also convey overtones of counterexpectation and new information. The range of mirative meanings may be expressed through a verbal affix, a complex predicate, or a pronoun. Evidentials whose major function is to express information source may have mirative extensions, especially in the context of the 1st person subject. The mirative category appears to be susceptible to linguistic diffusion.

Item ID: 24971
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1613-415X
Keywords: areal diffusion, aspect, evidential, exclamative, inflection, information structure, mirative, person, reality status, syntax, tense
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2013 23:01
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200407 Lexicography @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 100%
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