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How women speak Salar: The relationship between gender and evidentiality

Ao Pan

Pages 90 - 116

This paper explores the relationship between gender and the use of evidentials in describing perceived observation in the Turkic language Salar. Previous research has shown that every area of language may differ for men and for women. Focusing on the use of evidentials in expressing directly perceived information in Salar, this paper adopts a corpus-based methodology, including qualitative and quantitative statistical analyses of speech data. The findings indicate that female speakers have a greater tendency than males to use evidentials in reporting perceived information.

Keywords: evidentiality; gender; Salar language; evidentiality; corpus-based study


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