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From inferential to mirative

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In Yurakar&#233; (isolate, Bolivia), the inferential evidential <i>=tiba</i> has a secondary use in a mirative construction marking unexpected information. This paper proposes that the synchronic interactional uses of <i>=tiba</i> plausibly reflect a diachronic process, namely an emerging semantic extension from inferential to mirative. It is argued that interactional structure is the driving force behind this semantic extension of <i>=tiba</i>, which demonstrates the importance of interactional structure as a factor in language change.

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