Here and There

Cross-linguistic Studies on Deixis and Demonstration

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  • Editors: Jürgen Weissenborn, and Wolfgang Klein
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 1982
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027280626

Deixis – the rooting of utterances in the speech situation – is one of the most salient universals of natural language. The ways in which different languages link utterances to pragmatic factors such as speech time, speech place, and speech participants show a rich variation. This makes deixis a particular fruitful domain for the study of universals, language comparison, and the relationship between language and reality. This volume presents and discusses deictic systems of both Indo-European and non-Indo-European languages, including Russian, Czech, Spanish, German (standard and dialect), Hungarian, Chinese, Japanese, Hausa, Swahili, Hopi, Eipo, Tolai, Diyari. Focus is on spatial deixis, but other deictic and demonstrative expressions are treated as well.

Subjects: Semantics; Syntax; Pragmatics

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