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Distance : between deixis and perspectivity


Meermann, Anastasia; Sonnenhauser, Barbara (2015). Distance : between deixis and perspectivity. In: Sonnenhauser, Barbara; Meermann, Anastasia. Distance in language : grounding a metaphor. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 37-66.

Abstract

Discussing exemplary applications of the notion of distance in linguistic analysis, this paper shows that very different phenomena are described in terms of this concept. It is argued that in order to overcome the problems arising from this mixup, deixis, distance and perspectivity have to be distinguished and their interrelations need to be described. Thereby, distance emerges as part of a recursive process mediating between situation-bound deixis and discourse-level perspectivity. This is illustrated using the Balkan Slavic preterite system as an example, where these three levels interact in the construction of the ‘multiperspective’.

Abstract

Discussing exemplary applications of the notion of distance in linguistic analysis, this paper shows that very different phenomena are described in terms of this concept. It is argued that in order to overcome the problems arising from this mixup, deixis, distance and perspectivity have to be distinguished and their interrelations need to be described. Thereby, distance emerges as part of a recursive process mediating between situation-bound deixis and discourse-level perspectivity. This is illustrated using the Balkan Slavic preterite system as an example, where these three levels interact in the construction of the ‘multiperspective’.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Slavonic Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:07 Jul 2015 12:05
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 19:17
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN:978-1-4438-7261-4
Related URLs:http://www.cambridgescholars.com/distance-in-language (Publisher)

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