...well written and well structured Johan Van Der Auwera, Language vol. 84, No.1, 2008 ...provides an excellent state of the art and a most interesting basis for further investigation Johan Van Der Auwera, Language vol. 84, No.1, 2008 ...is essential for anyone who wishes to study evidentiality in depth and crosslinguistically. It is hereby highly recommended Johan Van Der Auwera,Language vol. 84, No.1, 2008 ...marks a major advance in the study of evidentiality ... Aikenvald has opened the floor for discussion, and everyone with an interest in this area can only appreciate this. Heiko Narrog, SKY journal of Linguistics ...a truly superb example of a cross-linguistic survey of a grammatical category... This book belongs in every linguistics library. Edward J Vajda, Western Washington University ...an impressive typological survey of evidentiality systems in the world's languages... With its numerous carefully glossed example sentences and its various summarizing tables, Aikhenvald's book opens up a fascinating aspect of natural language grammar to future systematic enquiry. The Year's Works in English Studies The most important current resource for anyone interested in the nature and typology of evidentials. Margaret Speas, University of Massachusetts
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is Professor of Linguistics, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University. She has worked on descriptive and historical aspects of Berber languages and in 1990 published, in Russian, a grammar of Modern Hebrew. She is a major authority on languages of the Arawak family o fnorthern Amazonia, and has written grammars of Bare (1995, based on work with the last speaker who has since died), Warekena (1998), and Tariana, from Northwest Amazonia (2003). Her books include Classifiers: a Typology of Noun Categorization Devices (2000, paperback reissue 2003), and Language Contact in Amazonia (2002). She is currently working on a grammatical description of Manambu, from the Sepik region of New Guinea.