Evidentials for a future English
|From:||Estel Telcontar <estel_telcontar@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, October 20, 2004, 20:16|
I'm trying to think how a future English could develop evidentials.
So far, all I've thought of is that "apparently" could be grammaticised
into a sort of hearsay particle, marking information the speaker has
only heard or read.
A few questions:
What do you think would be a plausible reduced form of "apparently"?
The best I've thought of so far is /'perli/, derived by a sequence
something like /@'per@ntli/ > /'per@ntli/ > /perntli/ > /pertli/ >
/perli/. Does this seem at all plausible? Any other suggestions?
Where would it be likely to appear in the sentence?
A few possibilities:
Sentence-initial: perly hy sed that...
Second position: hy perly sed that...
After the verb: hy sed perly that...
Anyone have any creative ideas for other evidentials and their