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Complex epistemic perspective in Kogi (Arwako)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6114-5527
2016 (English)In: International Journal of American Linguistics, ISSN 0020-7071, E-ISSN 1545-7001, Vol. 82, no 1, 1-34 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The paper analyzes a form of epistemic marking in Kogi (Arwako-Chibchan) that positions information between the speech-participants from the perspective of the speaker. This form of epistemic marking is tentatively labeled “complex epistemic perspective” and is found with five prefixes that attach to the auxiliary verb. Relevant meaning contrasts are between speaker-perspective and addressee-perspective forms, which may in turn be separated into symmetric and asymmetric forms that signal shared and exclusive knowledge access. The meaning dimension of knowledge access is also subject to a private/public distinction that parallels the notion of “territory of information” (Kamio 1997; Heritage 2012) where information may belong more to one of the speech participants than the other. The analyzed forms thus share a core function in specifying two simultaneous perspectives as part of the referential ground (e.g. Hanks 1990; 2009). The paper builds on first-hand data collected in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region of northern Colombia and offers the first comprehensive analysis of epistemic marking in the language.

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ess , 2016. Vol. 82, no 1, 1-34 p.
Keyword [en]
Kogi, auxiliaries, epistemic marking, knowledge asymmetry
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-86476ISI: 000367119400001OAI: diva2:587058
Complex perspective in epistemic assessment: exploring intersubjectivity in language
Swedish Research Council, 2011-2274
Available from: 2013-01-14 Created: 2013-01-14 Last updated: 2016-03-07Bibliographically approved

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