Semantic domains of demonstratives and articles: A view of deictic referentiality explored on the paradigm of Croatian demonstratives

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Abstract

We argue that the meanings of demonstratives and articles can be analysed in terms of a combination of the spatial domain and a small set of semantic domains. We propose that deictic terms have a 'fast semantics' in the sense that they get their meaning in the course of the communicative act, as a result of an interaction between the interlocutors, which ultimately leads to referential anchoring. We focus on the semantics of demonstratives, presenting a case study of the very rich paradigm of Croatian demonstratives. We submit that articles refer to an 'epistemic' domain that forms part of the semantic space of the common ground that is built up during a discoursive act. Finally, we compare the semantics of deictic expressions with the specificatory and predicative functions of adjectives.

Detaljer

Författare
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Stellenbosch University
  • University of Rijeka
Forskningsområden

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Språkstudier

Nyckelord

Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)102-118
TidskriftLingua
Volym201
Tidigt onlinedatum2017 nov 27
StatusPublished - 2018 jan
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa

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