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Clause combining and sequenced actions: the Estonian complementizer and pragmatic particle et
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages, Finno-Ugric Languages.
2008 (English)In: Crosslinguistic Studies of Clause Combining.: The multifunctionality of conjunctions / [ed] Ritva Laury, Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins , 2008, 125-152 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The usage patterns of the Estonian complementizer et in sequentially embedded actions show that it functions as an evidential particle. In oral as well as Internet interaction, clause-initial et attributes upcoming content to the previous speaker/writer and thereby incorporates another voice. Clause-combining with et is thus a common achievement of the participants performing sequenced actions in real time. The development of this complementizer and evidential from an original deictic item most probably started in reported speech, where the recurrent repetition of et may have resulted in the incorporation of the last instance into the following clause.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins , 2008. 125-152 p.
, Typological Studies in Language, ISSN 0167-7373 ; 80
Keyword [en]
evidential particle, action sequence, conjunction, complementizer
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-98922ISBN: 978 90 272 2993 9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-98922DiVA: diva2:201598
Available from: 2009-03-05 Created: 2009-03-05 Last updated: 2011-04-11Bibliographically approved

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