Verbal allocutivity in a crosslinguistic perspective

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Allocutivity is a term coined to describe a phenomenon in Basque whereby, under certain pragmatic (and syntactic) circumstances, an addressee who is not an argument of the verb is systematically encoded in all declarative main clause conjugated verb forms. Although the term is applied exclusively to Basque,
similar phenomena are found in other languages as well. Indeed, despite certain differences in the degree of grammaticalization and usage, allocutive verb forms are attested in at least Pumé (isolate; Venezuela), Nambikwara (isolate; Brazil), Mandan (Siouan; North America) and Beja (Cushitic; NE Africa).

The aim of this presentation is to propose a typology of verbal allocutivity in a crosslinguistic perspective,
taking into consideration the locus of encoding, the manner in which it is encoded, the information concerning the addressee which is encoded and the syntactic environments in which it can appear.

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