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      Evidentials are syntax-sensitive: The view from Bangla

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          This paper studies an evidential in Bangla which changes its evidential flavor based on its syntactic position. Forging novel connections with the literature on finiteness, indexical shift, and complementizer agreement, this paper demonstrates how evidentials can be sensitive to the presence of syntactic heads that represent the point-of-view of an utterance. Three main claims are made: (i) evidentials always take finite clauses which are perspective-sensitive, (ii) this perspective-sensitivity is syntactic, i.e. it is the result of control by speech-act heads, (iii) coindexation or contraindexation among these perspectival heads can have very important effects on word order in evidential constructions. This paper thus offers a comprehensive syntactic profile of evidential particles, which have generally been investigated with regard to their semantic-pragmatic contribution, arguing that the structural configurations these elements appear in have undeniably crucial effects on the interpretative component.

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                Journal
                2397-1835
                Glossa: a journal of general linguistics
                Ubiquity Press
                2397-1835
                04 October 2018
                2018
                : 3
                : 1
                : 106
                Affiliations
                [1 ] Harvard University, 305 Boylston Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138, US
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                http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8698-9080
                Article
                10.5334/gjgl.449
                44ddd128-c092-4a37-ae42-55076285d4e3
                Copyright: © 2018 The Author(s)

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

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                : 08 June 2017
                : 28 May 2018
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                General linguistics,Linguistics & Semiotics
                left periphery,indexical shift,finiteness,Point-of-View,South Asian languages,syntactic perspective,speech act projection,evidentials

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