About the Speaker: Towards a Syntax of Indexicality (Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics)

About the Speaker: Towards a Syntax of Indexicality (Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics)

Alessandra Giorgi


This publication 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 element is already current as syntactic fabric or if it is brought post-syntactically via semantic principles of interpretation. Alessandra Giorgi resolves this controversy via an empirically grounded exploration of temporal indexicality, arguing that the speaker's temporal place is laid out in the syntactic constitution. She helps her research with theoretical and empirical arguments in accordance with info from English, Italian, chinese language, and Romanian. Professor Giorgi addresses a few tricky 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 exhibits that her framework can account elegantly for them all. rigorously argued, succinct, and obviously written her booklet will allure generally to semanticists in linguistics and philosophy from graduate point upwards and to linguists drawn to the syntax-semantics interface.

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