November 30th, 2004


Modifiers for certainty

The Choctaw language has built-in credibility checking (the term seems to be called evidentiality). There are two past tenses - one for past events which you can personally ascertain as true, and one for past events which a third-party has told you are true (see a small discussion here). Somebody mentioned that this is also a trait shared by Turkish - gunn?

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