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Re: Cowan on deixis

The Seraphim surely rejoiced when John Cowan spoke thus:

#Personal deixis:  Absolute.
#        ko'a cusku le se du'u mi klama le zarci
#means that she said I went to the store, as in English.  (I heard a claim
#once that Esperanto has relative deixis in this situation: that "John said
#that I went to the store", literally translated, comes out meaning that
#John said John went to the store.  I couldn't get this confirmed:  is it
#really true?)

News to me. No, Esperanto does nothing of the sort, though Hopi sort-of does.

#Epistemic deixis:  Relative, in my opinion.
#I think the fact that "kau" belongs to UI is irrelevant.  While it is
#true that the attitudinal members of UI are absolute, that does not apply
#to all members.

What is the status with evidentials? When, at the time {kau} was first
proposed, I suggested that evidentials be relative, I recall being shot down.
But a relativised evidential does make more sense to me than an absolute

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