The meaning of the Bulgarian evidential and why it cannot express inferences about the future

Anastasia Smirnova

Abstract


The paper presents a uniform analysis of the Bulgarian evidential in reportative and inferential contexts. The Bulgarian evidential is analyzed as having both a temporal and an epistemic modal component. The analysis allows to explain why the evidential can be used to report false beliefs in reportative contexts but not in inferential ones, as well as why the Bulgarian evidential cannot express inferences about the future. Both cases are problematic for the previous analyses of evidentiality in Bulgarian (Izvorski 1997, Koev 2011).

Keywords


Evidentiality, tense, modality, Bulgarian

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/salt.v21i0.2618

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