How much impact can grammatical system have on the semantic evolution of grams (a case study on the Tas Selkup system of evidential markers)

 
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Institute for Linguistic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, 199053, Russia
Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 125009, Russia
Journal nameVoprosy Jazykoznanija
EditionIssue 6
Pages54-77
Abstract

This paper is devoted to an aspect of the semantic evolution of grams, which seems to be usually underestimated in grammaticalization studies. It is stated that a grammatical system can have a considerable impact on the process. This issue is examined on the example of a Tas Selkup evidential marker, which has developed a wide range of various semantic functions meeting the reqiurements of Selkup verbal system.

KeywordsSelkup, evidentials, verbal system, semantic evolution of grams
Received25.11.2015
Publication date25.11.2015
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