Events

In many languages, the reference of an embedded indexical (e.g. first and second person pronouns, locatives) may be drawn from the attitude event indicated by the matrix verb rather than the actual utterance context, a phenomenon known as 'indexical shift'. In this talk, I explore the current empirical landscape of indexical shift in Georgian (South Caucasian), a language that has not yet been incorporated into the literature. I situate the Georgian data into the patterns that have been attested typologically, and discuss novel properties that suggest indexical shift is not limited to embedded clauses.