Patience Epps

List of John Benjamins publications for which Patience Epps plays a role.



Epps, Patience 2015 Temperature terms in Hup, a Nadahup language of AmazoniaThe Linguistics of Temperature, Koptjevskaja-Tamm, Maria (ed.), pp. 792–812 | Article
This chapter explores temperature terms in Hup, a Nadahup language of the northwest Amazon. Hup has a relatively small inventory of four temperature terms, relating to warmth and coldness. One pair (‘hot’/‘cold’) occurs across a range of morphosyntactic environments and functional domains, from… read more
Epps, Patience 2012 Between headed and headless relative clausesRelative Clauses in Languages of the Americas: A typological overview, Comrie, Bernard and Zarina Estrada-Fernández (eds.), pp. 191–212 | Article
Most syntactic typologies of relative clauses recognize two distinct categories: ‘headed’ and ‘headless’ (or ‘free’) relatives, according to whether or not the relative clause is associated with a nominal element that refers to a category delimited by the relative (the ‘domain nominal’, e.g.… read more
Epps, Patience 2011 18. Reciprocal constructions in HupReciprocals and Semantic Typology, Evans, Nicholas, Alice Gaby, Stephen C. Levinson and Asifa Majid (eds.), pp. 315–328 | Article
This paper provides a comprehensive description of the encoding of reciprocal relations in Hup, a language of the Nadahup or ‘Makú’ family of northwest Amazonia. Hup has three morphological strategies for expressing reciprocal relations, but only one of these – the verbal preform ũh – is fully… read more
This paper deals with the evolution of certain subordinating constructions in Hup, a Nadahup (Makú) language of the northwest Amazon. Internal reconstruction, informed by close resemblances among synchronically attested clause types, suggests that Hup’s headless relative clause has given rise to a… read more
Cross-linguistic comparison of future constructions (e.g. Bybee et al. 1994) shows that future grams almost invariably derive from verbs involving agent-oriented modality or spatial movement. However, the Hup language of the northwest Brazilian Amazon (Nadahup or ‘Makú’ family) has developed a… read more
Numerals in many languages around the world can be argued to reflect a progressive build-up of historical stages (cf. Hurford 1987), each of which may also represent the synchronic upper limit of a numeral system in another language. This paper presents an intriguing test case of this claim by… read more
Evidentiality is prone to diffusion and has been identified as a diagnostic feature of linguistic areas such as the Vaupés region of the Brazilian Amazon (e.g., Aikhenvald and Dixon 1998). This paper examines the processes by which a complex evidentiality system can develop in a particular… read more