[Lingtyp] Truth markers

Riccardo Giomi rgiomi at campus.ul.pt
Thu Oct 21 00:10:27 UTC 2021

 Dear Mira,

Off the top of my head, I can think of lexemes meaning *true* developing
into so-called intensifiers (aka 'emphatic reflexives', like English
appositional *X-self*) in Austronesian languages. See

Moyse-Faurie, Claire. 2008. Constructions expressing middle, reflexive and
reciprocal situations in some Oceanic languages. In Ekkehard König & Volker
Gast (eds.), *Reciprocals* *and reflexives. Theoretical and typological
explorations*, 105-168. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Best wishes,

Mira Ariel <mariel at tauex.tau.ac.il> escreveu no dia quinta, 21/10/2021 à(s)

> Hi,
> My student, Shirly Orr, and I are interested in truth markers, such as
> *true*, *real, right*.
> Are they frequently attested in natural languages?
> We're interested in etymological sources for them, as well as meanings
> they evolve to express.
> Any leads on literature we can dig up?
> Thanks,
> Mira Ariel
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Riccardo Giomi, Ph.D.
University of Liège
Département de langues modernes : linguistique, littérature et traduction
Research group *Linguistique contrastive et typologie des langues*
F.R.S.-FNRS Postdoctoral fellow (CR - FC 43095)
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