[Lingtyp] Lexical semantics of 'know/believe/think'-type verbs

Silvia Luraghi silvia.luraghi at unipv.it
Wed Jul 22 08:15:09 UTC 2020

Dear Aaron,
these verbs look very interesting and I'd like to know more about their
semantics. I have just finished writing a book on the semantics of
experiential verbs in Ancient Greek, it will be published by Brill in the
It contains a chapter on cognition verbs, some of them might be partly
similar to those you mention.
I'll be happy to give you further references.
Silvia Luraghi
Università di Pavia
Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Sezione di Linguistica Teorica e Applicata
Strada Nuova 65
I-27100 Pavia
tel.: +39/0382/984685
Web page personale: https://studiumanistici.unipv.it/?pagina=docenti&id=68

Il giorno mar 21 lug 2020 alle ore 18:05 Broadwell,George Aaron <
broadwell at ufl.edu> ha scritto:

> Dear colleagues,
> I'm trying to understand the semantics of a handful of verbs in Choctaw
> that seem to be used rather differently than their closest English
> translations:
>    - *ahnih* seems to equate to 'want, notice, find out, think, pay
>    attention to'
>    - *yimmih *seems to equate to 'believe', but only with nominal objects
>    ('believed Mary' or 'believed in Jesus') but not with clausal objects
>    - *ikha̱nah* seems to equate to ’know (probably as the result of
>    inquiry’) and often to ’believe’ with a clausal object.
>    - *akostininchih* is something like ’be certain of’
> So far as I can tell, none of these "attitude verbs" seem to match very
> closely to their English equivalents. (At least, given an English sentence
> with an attitude verb, I am only partially successful in predicting which
> verb a Choctaw speaker will use!)
> I would appreciate links to discussion of other languages with similar
> systems or an overall typology of different ways of dividing up this
> semantic domain.
> Thanks,
> Aaron Broadwell
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