Modern Eastern Armenian has two complementizers, vor and te. When used to introduce speech reports, those complementizers differ as to the discourse status of the speech event they introduce; most notably, te possesses an evidential meaning that vor lacks. Using the model of discourse update suggested in Portner (2006), I provide an analysis of te that explains its evidential properties. I also provide evidence that MEA thwarts the traditional dichotomy assumed in the literature between direct and indirect speech by allowing a form of loose quotation.
"Armenian Speech Reports: Blurring the Quotative Line,"
University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics: Vol. 28:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://repository.upenn.edu/pwpl/vol28/iss1/3