Epistemic Indefinites in Slovak: Corpus Survey and the Haspelmath Map
Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona
Epistemic indefinites (EIs) are expressions that overtly mark ignorance, i.e. the speaker’s inability to identify their referent1. The properties and behavior of EIs are distinct from those of plain indefinites. In order to introduce this contrast, consider the following example with Slovak niekto and its English equivalent somebody:
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