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The reportive marker ȣ -aam

In Tamil there is a suffix that can be added to various constituents that indicates that the speaker is not responsible for the veracity of the statement, but merely reporting something. It translates into English as `they say' or `apparently' or `allegedly' or `it seems that' or `supposedly', etc. It is usually added to the end of the sentence (the verb), but will be followed by interrogative -aa if the sentence is a question:

ؽԣ avaru pooraar-aam `Apparently he'll go' + aa ؽԾ? avaru pooraaraamaa? `Do they say he'll go?'

But it can also occur somewhat idiomatically in other places in a sentence, e.g., with reduplicated noun phrases:



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