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date: 21 August 2019

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This chapter presents the results of research on the reportative in over two dozen Austronesian languages spoken in different parts of the Philippines. It shows a sampling of forms that the reportative takes and discusses its grammar, semantics, pragmatics, discourse functions, and derivations. The last of these is found only in a few languages that allow the process. It also touches on a distinct reportative of the newscasting register. The latter part of the chapter tackles how social changes have hastened diffusion of reportative forms in areas beyond the homeland of their original users. The chapter ends with a summary of the findings.

Keywords: reportative, evidentiality, hearsay particle, second position-clitic, Austronesian languages, Philippine-type Austronesian languages

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