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The Estonian partitive evidential

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Abstract

This article shows that the Estonian partitive evidential marks predicates in sentences that express incomplete evidence. Partitive occurs in the categories of aspect, epistemic modality, and evidentiality, marking objects and present participles. Despite the difference in syntax, the semantics of these categories is based on parallel relationships. More specifically, the aspectual partitive marks objects in sentences describing incomplete events, and the partitive evidential appears in sentences that encode incomplete evidence compared to the expectation of complete evidence.

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