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The interface of evidentials and epistemics in Turkish

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Abstract

Evidentiality marking is grammaticized in Turkish and closely aligns with the marking of epistemic notions. This paper addresses questions regarding the nature of evidentiality as a modal category, explores the functions of the evidential suffix -mIş/-(y)mIş for indicating information source and speaker stance, and considers its complementary distribution with the neutral past tense marker -DI and the epistemic suffix -DIr, providing empirical evidence from acquisition research. It concludes that evidentiality in Turkish is a modal category that is distinct from epistemic modality.

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