[Lingtyp] Truth markers

Carl Whitehead carlrwhitehead at gmail.com
Thu Oct 21 04:51:52 UTC 2021

In Menya (Angan sub-family, Trans New Guinea family in Papua New Guinea),
the expression for ‘true’ (often used as a response to a question or a
affirmation of agreement and also as an adjective or noun) is naqä qakuä,
where naqä is ‘big’ and qakuä is ‘stump, base of a tree’ or ‘basis, reason’.
In church circles, the expression is also used at the end of prayers as


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Subject: [Lingtyp] Truth markers




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?



Mira Ariel

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