3 links for Evidentiality

Today’s 3 links are for evidentiality:

NativLang: Features English is missing - but most other languages have

YouTube video

This video touches briefly on a range of grammatical features that are common in the worlds languages but absent or marginal in English, including evidentiality but also reduplication, question particles, clusivity. Uses WALS data to illustrate. Whole video 8m56s duration, relevant section 7m25s- 8m04s. Closed captions available in English and French (human-generated). See also: Tom Scott’s Fantastic Features We Don't Have In The English Language.

School of Batman: The Case Of The Mysterious Message - Lauren Gawne

Podcast episode

An introduction to evidentiality in Tibetan languages, and how people use evidentiality in conversations (you can still lie in a language with evidentials!). 21m12s. No transcript.

Lingthusiasm Episode 32: You heard about it but I was there - Evidentiality

Podcast episode

This podcast episode introduces the grammatical category of evidentiality. It looks at the distribution of evidentiality across the languages of the world, how children acquire evidentiality and how English could come to grammaticalise evidentials. 33m20s duration (topic starts at 1m57s). Transcript available.

A distraction:

Via xkcd

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