Deixis and Pronouns in Romance Languages by Kirsten Jeppesen Kragh, Jan Lindschouw

By Kirsten Jeppesen Kragh, Jan Lindschouw

This quantity proposes a brand new option to handle the classical query about the relation among language, cognition, and tradition from the point of view of 2 easy structures: deixis and the pronominal method. It investigates the linguistic structuring of easy ideas of person, place and time in Romance languages, disclosing structural variations which may be on the topic of psychological parameters and different extra-linguistic conditions and hence very likely associated with a gentle revision of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.
The methodological and theoretical concentration is predicated at the discursive and pragmatic practical method of deixis. The articles problem linguistic version and language switch, and lots of the experiences undertake move linguistic views, basically between Romance languages, but additionally with a classical viewpoint from historic Greek discussing the lifestyles of common specific styles. The experiences show similarities and changes among Romance languages jointly, and set the degree for comparisons among Romance and non-Romance languages. those similarities and alterations are topic to alter in reference to cultural advancements in society and supply during this quantity a coordinated attempt in exploring the linguistic expressions of those extra-linguistic thoughts.

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The topic-shift is another important discourse-function of tonic pronouns. In (3), moi indicates a contrast with respect to the foregoing old discourse topic. Despite moi, however, the new topic in (3) is the speaker’s father rather than the speaker himself. Nevertheless, the use of moi is crucial in (3). In this example, reference to the speaker provisionally establishes a conceptual domain from which eventually the “real” topic, mon père ‘my father’, is derived (see Stark 1999). This is done by narrowing down the topic-domain in two successive steps (I → MY ­PARENTS→ MY FATHER).

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Rather, it seems to be the unintended by-product of certain highly frequent discourse-pragmatic techniques.  Ulrich Detges References Avanzi & al. 2010. = Avanzi, Matthieu, Gendrot, Cedric & Lacheret-Dujour, Anne. 2010. Is there a prosodic difference between left-dislocated and heavy subjects? Evidence from spoken French. 〈http:// hal. inria. fr/ docs/ 00/ 63/ 76/ 37/ PDF/ 18. Speech-Prosody. pdf〉 (22 April 2012). Blasco-Dulbecco, Mylène. 2004. Quelques éclairages sur le sujet de type moi je à l’oral.

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