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A survey of three adverbial clitics in Purepecha and their relation with evidentiality and epistemic modality

By Carlos Ivanhoe Gil Burgoin


This paper describes the evidential clitic =nha in Purepecha, alongside two other clitics of epistemic value: =mintu and =xeru. It is shown that =mintu expresses a high degree of certainty, while =xeru corresponds to a low degree of certainty. Moreover, the use of =mintu does not present restrictions as to whether the evidence is direct or indirect, unlike languages like Spanish or English, where the use of a modal of epistemic necessity is only felicitous in contexts of indirect evidence (von Fintel and Gillies 2006)

Topics: modalidad, evidenciales, clíticos, purépecha, Philology. Linguistics, P1-1091
Publisher: El Colegio de México, A.C.
Year: 2013
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