Evidentiality in Dzungar Tuvan

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Dzungar Tuvan is a Turkic language variety spoken in North-West China. This article describes the strategies of Dzungar Tuvan to express information source both in finite and infinite sentences. In finite sentences, the interplay between the suffixes -<i>D</i>, <i>GAn</i>, <i>-</i>(<i>I</i>)<i>pdur</i> and the copula <i>irgin</i> provide the means to distinguish direct-perceptive, inferential and reportive type of evidentiality. The functions of these elements are, however, text type dependent. Regarding infinite or a temporal interpretation, can be subordinated to an omitted sentences, the direct or indirect reading of perception verbs will be discussed, which depends on the aspecto-temporal marking of the complement predicate. Converbial <i>-sA</i> clauses, which allow a conditional perception clause to which the finite main clause constitutes a complement.


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