publication . Part of book or chapter of book . Other literature type . 2015

Distance : between deixis and perspectivity

Meermann, Anastasia; Sonnenhauser, Barbara;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Country: Switzerland
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’.
free text keywords: Institute of Slavonic Studies, 490 Other languages, 410 Linguistics
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