About the Speaker: Towards a Syntax of Indexicality (Oxford by Alessandra Giorgi

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By Alessandra Giorgi

This ebook considers the semantic and syntactic nature of indexicals - linguistic expressions, as in I, you, this, that, the day before today, tomorrow, whose reference shifts from utterance to utterance.There is a long-standing controversy to whether the semantic reference aspect is already current as syntactic fabric or if it is brought post-syntactically by means of semantic principles of interpretation. Alessandra Giorgi resolves this controversy via an empirically grounded exploration of temporal indexicality, arguing that the speaker's temporal position is laid out in the syntactic constitution. She helps her research with theoretical and empirical arguments in accordance with information from English, Italian, chinese language, and Romanian. Professor Giorgi addresses a few tough and longstanding concerns within the research of temporal phenomena - together with the Italian imperfect indicative, the houses of the so-called future-in-the-past, and the houses of unfastened oblique Discourse - and indicates that her framework can account elegantly for them all. rigorously argued, succinct, and obviously written her ebook will attraction generally to semanticists in linguistics and philosophy from graduate point upwards and to linguists drawn to the syntax-semantics interface.

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