Network Core Mechanisms of Exponence

Bickel, Balthasar; Bisang, Walter and Yadava, Yogendra P. (1999)

Abstract

(= Surrey 9) Syncretism (and other morphological phenomena) of person marking in Maithili verbs is attributed to pragmatic factors. Syncretism of 1st person and 2nd person honorific markers is a result of one of the aspects of the face constraint ("Avoid uniquely identifying reference to speaker"). Non-marking of the object in various contexts is attributed to the sometimes conflicting demands of face and empathy. Face favors the marking of 3rd person honorific arguments and discourages the marking of 1st person and 2nd person honorific. Empathy, however, favors the marking of speech act participants (1st and 2nd person). When there is a conflict, face overrides empathy.

Bickel&al:1999
authorBickel, Balthasar and Bisang, Walter and Yadava, Yogendra P.
year1999
titleFace vs. empathy: the social foundations of Maithili verb agreement
entrytypearticle
journalLinguistics
volume37
pages481-518

BibTeX

@article{Bickel&al:1999,
    author = {Bickel, Balthasar and Bisang, Walter and Yadava, Yogendra P. },
    year = {1999},
    title = {Face vs. empathy: the social foundations of Maithili verb agreement},
    journal = {Linguistics},
    volume = {37},
    pages = {481-518},
}
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