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A fundamental aspect of social cognition is our awareness that people do not all know the same things in the same ways. For example, we assert our own feelings and thoughts with a different kind of authority, directness, and certainty than we describe those of other people. This project examines languages in which such asymmetries of ‘epistemic access’ are encoded overtly in bound morphology: so-called egophoric languages. The objective is to build a picture of egophoric systems from a comparative-typological perspective and explore how this intriguing grammatical phenomenon has emerged and evolved independently across a range of genetically unrelated languages scattered across the world.

Simeon Floyd
Elisabeth Norcliffe
Lila San Roque

Henrik Bergqvist
Nick Evans
Erika Sandman

Last checked 2018-06-15 by Edith Sjoerdsma
Language and Cognition


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