[Lingtyp] Query: "not yet" > "perhaps"

Iker Salaberri ikersalaberri at gmail.com
Mon Sep 6 18:03:26 UTC 2021

Dear colleagues,

Are you aware of any attested or reconstructed case of change in meaning
undergone by a grammatical marker from "not yet" to "perhaps" (i.e., an
expression of uncertainty), at least in some contexts?

An example of this would be:

*The package has not arrived yet*. > *Perhaps the package has arrived*.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to answer this query.


Iker Salaberri
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