Volume 38, Issue 2
  • ISSN 0378-4177
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9978


This paper shows the existence of an auditory demonstrative in Khaling. The use of the demonstrative is illustrated via examples taken from narrative discourse. It is described here within the context of the spatial demonstrative system, in order to demonstrate how it is specifically used to highlight that perception of the referent is attained using the sense of audition, regardless of the visibility of the object in question. Khaling appears to be unique in having a true auditory demonstrative and it is hoped that this description will prompt field linguists to refine the description of the contrasts found within the demonstrative systems of languages around the world.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): audition; cross-modal perception; demonstratives; Khaling; Kiranti languages; spatial deixis
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