Linguistics Colloquium: "Acquisition, Loss, and Change in Southern Quechua and Spanish: What happened to evidential marking?”

  • Starts: 5:15 pm on Wednesday, February 21, 2018
  • Ends: 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Professor Susan E. Kalt, Roxbury Community College Interviews in rural Peru and Bolivia using graphic story narration (Kalt 2009, 2015, to appear) show that children and adults in Cuzco use evidential suffixes to express speaker stance and information status (experienced vs. hearsay) among other meanings, while the primary set of these suffixes and their marking of information status has been lost in Chuquisaca, Bolivia. Courtney (2015) has established a developmental sequence for the acquisition of these elements and their meanings in Cuzco Quechua. We examine the hypothesis that language attrition proceeds in reverse order of child language acquisition (Jakobson 1941, Cook 1989). Paradoxically, Babel (2009) and others claim that evidentiality has transferred to Spanish in the same region. A closer look reveals complex relationships between the two languages and their speakers, as well as relationships between acquisition, loss, and change. Co-sponsored by BULA, and partially funded by the CAS Academic Enhancement Fund.
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