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Full Title: Deixis in Discourse

Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Start Date: 16-Jul-2017 - 21-Jul-2017
Contact: Ying Yang
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Meeting Description: Deixis (or indexicals) has long been one of the key research topics in pragmatics because it links the structure of language and the context in which a deictic expression is used (Levinson, 1983). Apart from its canonical deictic uses, it also has various kinds of extended discourse pragmatic functions. For instance, the second person pronoun can be used impersonally in many languages (e.g. You see a crime, you report it); it can also be used metalinguistically to elicit addressee’s attention and display the speaker’s strong stance (Biq 1991).

Demonstratives and possessive pronouns can likewise develop beyond their referential uses to convey different shades of speaker emotion and attitude (e.g. Lakoff 1974; Rybarczyk 2015). For example, in addition to developing into grammatical markers such as connectives, complementizers, definite articles, focus markers, nonverbal copulas, etc. (Diessel 1999), demonstratives are often also used as markers of speaker’s subjective and intersubjective stance (see Kratochvil 2011; Nagaya 2011; Schapper & San Roque 2011).

Recent studies have also begun to explore the dynamic embedded properties of deixis in natural conversation. Among the questions of interest in these discourse studies are how deictic expressions interact with bodily conducts such as gaze orientations and gestures (Goodwin 2003; Stukenbrock 2014) and how indexicals such as demonstratives are used to project possible upcoming actions in talk (Hayashi 2004). These dynamic properties of indexicals in interactional talk have yet to be investigated in languages other than English.

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Foong Ha Yap ( or Ying Yang (
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics
LL Issue: 27.3464

This is a session of the following meeting:
15th International Pragmatics Conference

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