Irina M. Gorbunova
Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia;
ABBYY Production, Moscow, Russia; email@example.com
The quotative index mha in Atayal has been analyzed by L. Huang as a grammaticalized speech verb. The typologically trivial path proposed for this grammaticalization process, however, seems to be inconsistent with Atayal data presented in this paper. There is evidence for mha being a predicate of generalized action and probably never having been a proper speech verb. Predicates of such generalized semantics also tend to evolve into quotative indexes, as can be seen in some African languages.
Gorbunova I. M. Reportative and quotative marker in Atayal: The problem of source. Voprosy Jazykoznanija, 2019, 4: 85–105.
This is a part of a bigger project funded by RFBR grant No. 16-06-00226.