Article published in:Crosslinguistic Studies of Clause Combining: The multifunctionality of conjunctions
Edited by Ritva Laury
[Typological Studies in Language 80] 2008
► pp. 125–152
Conjunction and sequenced actions: The Estonian complementizer and evidential particle et
The usage patterns of the Estonian complementizer et in sequentially embedded actions show that it functions as an evidential particle. In oral as well as Internet interaction, clause-initial et attributes upcoming content to the previous speaker/writer and thereby incorporates another voice. Clause-combining with et is thus a collaborative achievement of the participants performing sequenced actions in real time. The development of this complementizer and evidential from an original deictic item most probably started in reported speech, where the recurrent repetition of et may have resulted in the incorporation of the last instance into the following clause.
Published online: 29 October 2008
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