Epistemic necessity (Northern Mansi)

EpsDeonElse: Epistemic necessity is expressed through a strategy other than verbal affixes and verb constructions.

(1) ēťi-pālaγ vera juw wos ōli.
evening_time Vera home pcl be.prs.3sg
‘In the evening, Vera must/should be at home.’ (S. D.)

In Northern Mansi, epistemic necessity is expressed by the wos ‘let’ particle and the finite form of the verb. The same construction is used as an imperative if the subject is not in the second person (Kálmán 1976: 61; Riese 2001: 47).


Szilvia Németh