Defining evidentiality

2019. №6, 113-133

Samira Verhees
National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia;


This paper explores how evidentiality is defi ned in recent research. It was inspired by the recent publication of The Oxford Handbook of Evidentiality and several other volumes, which provide a rich body of new material. The defi nition (or rather demarcation) of evidentiality encompasses both morphosyntactic and semantic parameters. I will address criteria for the distinction of dedicated grammatical evidentials, and survey the values distinguished in evidentiality’s semantic domain. In addition, I discuss deictic views of evidentiality, which seem a fruitful approach to the study of evidentials in context.

For citation:

Verhees S. Defining evidentiality. Voprosy Jazykoznanija, 2019, 6: 113–133.


The article was prepared within the framework of the Basic Research Program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) and supported within the framework of a subsidy by the Russian Academic Excellence Project “5-100”.