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date: 19 April 2021

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This chapter reviews some selected lexical items expressing various semantic functions connected to the expression of information source. By focusing on a comparative analysis of what is expressed by lexical items and what can be expressed by grammatical markers of evidentiality, this survey aims to assess to what extent a comprehensive treatment of lexical and grammatical expressions of information source might shed additional light on both domains. Particular attention is paid to the interplay between external sensory evidence and subjective evaluation in verbs of direct perception and verbs of appearance (‘SEEM-verbs’). The role of the speaker as a ‘mediating filter’ between epistemic estimation and source of evidence is also discussed with respect to verbs of belief.

Keywords: perception verbs, verbs of appearance, SEEM-verbs, verbs of belief, epistemic/evidential interplay

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