About the Speaker: Towards a Syntax of Indexicality

Paperback | January 17, 2010

byAlessandra Giorgi

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This book considers important aspects of the syntax of sentences and their relation to the extra-sentential context. The relation between a sentence and the context is frequently reckoned to be in some sense "syntax-free", in that it is not syntactically represented but introducedpost-syntactically by semantic rules of interpretation. Alessandra Giorgi develops a different perspective through an empirically grounded exploration of temporal indexicality: she argues that the speaker's temporal location is specified in the syntactic structure. She supports her analysis withtheoretical and empirical arguments based on data mainly from English and Italian but also considering Chinese and Romanian. Professor Giorgi addresses some difficult and longstanding issues in the analysis of temporal phenomena - including the Italian imperfect indicative, the properties of the so-called future-in-the-past, and the properties of Free Indirect Discourse. She shows that her framework can account elegantlyfor all of them. Carefully argued, succinct, and clearly written her book will appeal widely to syntacticians and semanticists from graduate level upwards and to linguists interested in the syntax-semantics interface.

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This book considers important aspects of the syntax of sentences and their relation to the extra-sentential context. The relation between a sentence and the context is frequently reckoned to be in some sense "syntax-free", in that it is not syntactically represented but introducedpost-syntactically by semantic rules of interpretation. ...

Alessandra Giorgi is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Venice. Her recent publications include articles and chapters on the syntax and semantics of anaphoric expressions. She is the author of The Syntax of Noun Phrases (CUP, 1991) and Tense and Aspect: from Semantics to Morphosyntax (OUP, 1997).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pagesPublished:January 17, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199571902

ISBN - 13:9780199571901

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The speaker's projection2. Can we ever see the speaker's coordinates in the C-layer?3. Is the speaker there? An analysis of some anomalous contexts4. Depending on the future: the speaker changes her perspective5. When somebody else is speaking: Free Indirect DiscourseConcluding RemarksReferencesIndex