Evidentiality in Turkey Turkish and Cypriot Turkish: A cross-varietal analysis of –DI and –mIş

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Sağın Şimşek S. Ç. , Işık Taş E. E. (Executive)

Project Supported by Higher Education Institutions, 2018 - 2018

  • Project Type: Project Supported by Higher Education Institutions
  • Begin Date: July 2018
  • End Date: December 2018

Project Abstract

This project is concerned with speakers’ expression and perception of direct and indirect evidentiality in two dialects of Turkish, Standard Turkish Dialect spoken in Turkey (TT) and Turkish Cypriot Dialect spoken in North Cyprus (CT). In particular, the project, with a cross-linguistic perspective, aims to investigate whether direct and indirect evidentials are expressed differently in the two dialects of Turkish and if yes, whether language contact can account for the difference. The following research questions were explored:

(1)   If and to what extent does the expression of evidentiality in CT and TT differ?

(2)   Does the expression of evidentiality differ in CT spoken by speakers aged between 18-22 (18+ group) and by speakers aged 50 and over (50+ group)?

(3)   Can language contact situations in North Cyprus account for dialectal variation?

(4)   Do the possible variation in the expression of evidentiality by the CT and TT speakers  create miscommunication between the the two groups?