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Evidentiality and modality

At the crossroads of grammar and lexicon

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Published on Thursday, June 03, 2021


The international conference ‘Evidentiality and modality : At the crossroads of grammar and lexicon’ will be held online June 10-11th 2021.



The international conference ‘Evidentiality and modality : At the crossroads of grammar and lexicon’ will be held online June 10-11th 2021.

If you are interested in attending the event (free of charge), you are welcome to fill in the registration form on our website.


Keynote speakers

  • Bernd Heine (Köln University)
  • Jan Nuyts (University of Antwerp)
  • Nicolas Tournadre (Université Aix-Marseille, Lacito, IUF)


10 June 2021

  • 8:30-9:00 Opening (Sandrine Sorlin)         
  • 9:00-10:00 Alexandra Aikhenvald, The Web of knowledge

Room 1: Grammaticalization 1

(convenor: F. Rose)   

  • 10h-10h30 Rhee,  S.,  Seeing and thinking  in  inferential evidentiality: The Case in Korean
  • 10h30-11h BREAK
  • 11:00-11:30 Wiemer, B., Polish jakoby: How to make it the whole way from comparison to reportivity

Room 2: Corpus and experimentation

(convenor: P. Leclercq)

  • 10h-10h30 Smirnova, A., Evidentiality in abductive reasoning: Experimental approach
  • 10h30-11h BREAK
  • 11:00-11:30 Arslan, S., Selvi Balo, S., Mavis, I. & Meunier, F., Event witnessability and evidentiality: A preliminary study on healthy aging Turkish adults

Room 3: Discourse

(convenor: A. Méry)

  • 10h-10h30 Arthuis Blanco, M. E., The grammaticalization of quotatives in evidentiality: Exploring the pragmatic link between illocutionary force modulation and quotative readings of hearsay evidentials
  • 10h30-11h BREAK
  • 11:00-11:30 Míguez, V., Epistemic modality and discourse strategy: A corpus-based study of Galician adverbs

11:30-12:30 POSTER SESSION

12:30-13:30 LUNCH

  • 13:30-14:30 Bernd Heine, The grammar of interactives: The challenge of discourse

R1: Typology and language documentation 1

(convenor: N. Tournadre)

  • 14:45-15:15 Lessan Pezhechki, H., Le paradigme évidentiel du persan: un nouvel angle d’analyse
  • 15:15-15:45 Oisel, G., Les évidentiels de la langue Shipibo- Konibo : sémantique,morphosyntaxe et pragmatique
  • 15 :45-16:15 BREAK
  • 16:15-16:45 Nowakowska, M., La construction polonaise « mieć (avoir) + infinitif » : valeur médiative, modale et aspectuelle
  • 16 :45-17:15 Izquierdo Alegría, D. & Treikelder, A., À la croisée de l'évidentialité indirecte, l'engagement et le désengagement : analyse du marqueur espagnol "por lo visto" face à ses équivalents en français et en estonien dans un corpus parallèle

R2: Romance languages

(convenor: E. Corre)

  • 14:45-15:15 Dendale, P., Can modal adverbs be genuine evidentials? The case of French adverb certainement
  • 15:15-15:45 Sentí, A., Evidentiality in spoken Catalan: the reportative marker diu que
  • 16:15-16:45 Lo Baido, M. C., Disentangling epistemic modality from evidentiality in spoken discourse: a focus on the comment clause in Present-day Italian
  • 16 :45-17:15 Bres, J., Description d'un emploi de devoir comme marqueur évidentiel d'information rapportée en français

R3: Grammaticalization 2

(convenor: A. Edmonds)

  • 14:45-15:15 Ziegeler, D., On the grammaticalization of an attributive in English: The case of according to NP
  • 15:15-15:45 Lara Bermejo, V., The development of evidential grammatical markers in Ibero-Romance
  • 16:15-16:45 Caudal, P. & Mailhammer, R. Tensed periphrastic vs. synthetic modal inflections in Iwaidja – a novel insight into grammaticalization cycles for modality in Northern Australia?
  • 16 :45-17:15 Tarpomanova, E. & Mihaylova, B., Evidentiality in Bulgarian: What I (don't) know or what I (don't) trust

11 June 2021

  • 9:00-10:00 Nicolas Tournadre, The status of egophoric markers within the Tibetic evidential-epistemic systems

Room 1: Theory and evidential categories

(convenor: E. Corre)

  • 10:00-10:30 Mélac, E., The grammaticalization of evidentiality: What do we know so far?
  • 10:30-11:00 BREAK
  • 11:00-11:30 Mortelmans, T., The “exceptionality” of reportative evidentiality Revisited
  • 11:30-12:00 Bergqvist, H. & Grzech K., What's theoretical about evidentiality?

Room 2: Egophoricity and evidentiality 1

(convenor: A. Méry)

  • 10:00-10:30 Miyashita, H., Evidentiality and egophoricity in Japanese: A typological perspective and a model for evidentiality
  • 10:30-11:00 BREAK
  • 11:00-11:30 Suzuki,  H., Sensory access in the evidential system of Choswateng Tibetan (rGyalthang, Yunnan)
  • 11:30-12:00 Vokurkova, Z., Lexical and Grammatical expression of evidential meanings demonstrated on the example of Czech and TibetanBergqvist, H. & Grzech K., What's theoretical about evidentiality?

12:00-12:45 POSTER SESSION

12:45-13:30  LUNCH

  • 13:30-14:30 Jan Nuyts, On the relations between modality and evidentiality

R1:  Evidentiality  and  its  interaction with  other  grammatical  categories

(convenor: P. Dendale)

  • 14:45-15:15 Verhees,  S.,  Perfects,  evidentiality and narrative in the eastern Caucasus
  • 15:15-15:45 Bundschuch, J., From Perfect Auxiliary to Epistemic Modal Sentence-final Particle: A History of Japanese -kke
  • 15:45-16:15  BREAK
  • 16:15-16:45 Gruzdeva, E., Evidentiality in Nivkh: a "hidden" semantic category

R2: Typology and language documentation 2

(convenor: P. Caudal)   

  • 14:45-15:15 Sakhatova, G., Evidentiality in Turkmen
  • 15:15-15:45 Khan, G., The perfect and evidentiality in Neo-Arameic dialects
  • 15:45-16:15 BREAK
  • 16:15-16:45 Rose, F., Epistemicity in Mojeño demonstratives

R3: Egophoricity and evidentiality 2

(convenor: N. Tournadre)

  • 14:45-15:15 Watters, S., Egophoricity in Dzongkha: Speaker representation of knowledge and interlocutor accessibility
  • 15:15-15:45 Hyslop, G., Lexical source of Kurtöp evidential, mirative, and egophoric markers
  • 15:45-16:15 BREAK
  • 16:15-16:45 Simon,  C.,  Egophoricity:  Between  involvement  and claim of epistemic authority

16:45-17:15 Final discussion


  • Bogáta, T., Lexical markers of inferentiality, epistemic modality and evidentiality in Meadow Mari Kalnaca, A. & Lokmane, I., Evidentiality and reported imperative in Latvian
  • Huber, C., Evidentiality and modality in Shumcho/Humcho
  • Kittilä, S, The unspecified external evidence particle vissiin of Finnish
  • Kaiser, E., Expressing doubt in the evidence, or expressing pretense? The Finnish dubitative particle muka Müller, K., Evidence vs evident
  • Simeonova, V., Evidentiality in embedded clauses
  • Szábo, D., Evidentiality in Udmurt. Results of a linguistic fieldwork
  • Tosun, S., Source vs stance: interpreting evidentials and modal expressions in Turkish and English
  • Tokac, S., Arslan, S., Nickels, L., Auditory Processing Differences of Bilingual Speakers: Heritage Language vs Emigrant Speakers
  • Tsiouris, M., Elfdalian modals: a semantic study on a non-standard variety
  • Wang, S., L'évidentialité en bake
  • Zhou, S., Confirmation/agreement Seeking Marker in the perspective of Epistemic Gradients: with special reference to the interrogative particle “HAO”(嚎)in northeastern Mandarin Chinese

Organizing Committee

  • Eric Mélac (Université Paul Valéry - Montpellier 3, EMMA)
  • Pascale Leclercq (Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier 3, EMMA)
  • Jacques Brès (Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier 3, Praxiling)
  • Eric Corre (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, Prismes)
  • Nicolas Tournadre (Université d'Aix-Marseille, Lacito et IUF)



  • Thursday, June 10, 2021
  • Friday, June 11, 2021


  • evidentiality, modality, grammaticalization


  • Eric Mélac
    courriel : eric [dot] melac [at] univ-montp3 [dot] fr

Information source

  • Eric Mélac
    courriel : eric [dot] melac [at] univ-montp3 [dot] fr


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« Evidentiality and modality », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Thursday, June 03, 2021, https://doi.org/10.58079/16qa

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