Gitksan Modals1

@article{Matthewson2013GitksanM,
  title={Gitksan Modals1},
  author={L. Matthewson},
  journal={International Journal of American Linguistics},
  year={2013},
  volume={79},
  pages={349 - 394}
}
  • L. Matthewson
  • Published 2013
  • International Journal of American Linguistics
This paper provides a description of the modal system of Gitksan (Tsimshianic) and places the Gitksan system within an emerging formal typology of modality. I show that Gitksan encodes distinctions both of modal strength and of modality type. It has one strong circumstantial modal (sgi) and two weak circumstantial modals (da’aḴhlxw and anooḴ), the second of which is specialized for deontic possibility (permission). Within the epistemic domain, modal strength is not distinguished (Peterson 2010… Expand

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