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Evidentials as epistemic modals: Evidence from St'át'imcets
This paper argues that evidential clitics in St’at’imcets (a.k.a. Lillooet; Northern Interior Salish) must be analyzed as epistemic modals.We apply a range of tests which distinguish the modalExpand
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Modals as distributive indefinites
Modals in St’át’imcets (Lillooet Salish) show two differences from their counterparts in English. First, they have variable quantificational force, systematically allowing both possibility andExpand
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On The Interpretation of Wide-scope Indefinites
This paper argues, on the basis of data from St'át'imcets (Lillooet Salish), for a theory of wide-scope indefinites which is similar, though not identical, to that proposed by Kratzer (1998). I showExpand
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On the Methodology of Semantic Fieldwork1
  • L. Matthewson
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of American Linguistics
  • 1 October 2004
This paper presents and motivates a methodology for conducting semantic fieldwork on languages of the Americas. I first argue that one cannot gather adequate information about meaning fromExpand
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Grammar and Pragmatics in the Acquisition of Article Systems
This paper provides an analysis of articles in two unrelated languages: St’át’imcets (Lillooet Salish) and English child language. The article systems in these two languages display strikingExpand
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‘Out of control’ marking as circumstantial modality in St’át’imcets
This paper provides a unified semantic analysis of the so-called ‘out-of-control’ circumfix ka-…-a in St’at’imcets (Lillooet Salish). ka-…-a expresses an initially puzzling range of meanings,Expand
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Temporal semantics in a superficially tenseless language
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This paper contributes to the debate about ‘tenseless languages’ by defending a tensed analysis of a superficially tenseless language. Expand
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Presuppositions and Cross-Linguistic Variation *
This paper argues that languages differ in whether they possess pragmatic presuppositions in the sense of Stalnaker (1974). I will argue for this somewhat radical claim on the basis of data fromExpand
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Universals in semantics
Abstract This article surveys the state of the art in the field of semantic universals. We examine potential semantic universals in three areas: (i) the lexicon, (ii) semantic “glue” (functionalExpand
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