In Comox-Sliammon, an understudied Central Salish language, there is a paradigm of particles that resemble nominal demonstratives in the language, but encode information about the event described by the proposition in which they appear. While nominal demonstratives provide spatial and evidential information about the relation between the speaker and the referenced entity (Reisinger & Huijsmans 2021), these particles encode the parallel relations between the speaker at the utterance situation (US) and a referenced event. More specifically, they mark whether the event is visible/not-visible and proximal/distal to the speaker at the spatio-temporal coordinates of the US. We label these particles clausal demonstratives and propose an analysis of their contribution as involving relations between situations, following Speas (2010) and Kalsang et al. (2013).
Proceedings of the 37th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by D. K. E. Reisinger and Marianne Huijsmans Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-477-5 hardback
v + 225 pages
publication date: 2021
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA