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chapter 10. Pronouns and sociospatial ordering in conversation and fiction

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Abstract

This study examines the use of Indonesian pronoun sets <i>aku</i> &#8216;I&#8217;<i> &#8211; kamu</i> &#8216;you&#8217; and<i> gua/gue</i> &#8216;I&#8217;<i> &#8211; (e)lu/(e)lo </i>&#8216;you&#8217; in conversation and teen fiction to show the extent to which social meanings are typified through multiple modes of communication. Based on findings from previous studies on conversation and my own analysis of the pronouns in the fiction, I show that meanings typified in conversation are mirrored in fiction. Youth speakers distinguish these meanings on the basis of social and regional differentiation. To the extent that the pronouns index social relations and regional differentiation, they can be considered as &#8220;sociospatial&#8221; deixis. The mirroring effect between conversation and fiction lends support to the view that fiction is &#8220;quasi-mimetic&#8221; of life.

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