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Title: Switch-Reference and Discourse Representation
Written By: Lesley Stirling
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, 63

In central cases of switch-reference, a marker on the verb of one clause is
used to indicate whether its subject has the same or different reference
from the subject of an adjacent, syntactically related clause. In central
cases of logophoricity, a special pronoun form is used within a reported
speech context, to indicate coherence with the source of reported speech.
Lesley Stirling argues that these types of anaphoric linkage across clause
boundaries cannot be adequately accounted for by Binding Theory. Her
detailed examination of the two phenomena, including a case study of the
Papuan language Amele, proposes an account for them which is formalized in
Discourse Representation Theory, and explores how far it is possible for
such an account to be compositional morpho-syntactic/semantic, while at the
same time taking seriously the range of linguistic and cross-linguistic
data to be explained. Switch-reference's indication of agreement or
disagreement between clauses (or larger discourse units) is shown to
function along various parameters contributing to discourse continuity:
their major protagonists, spatial and temporal location, and their status
as describing actual or non-actual situations. The arguments bear also on
general debates around the nature of linguistically marked referential
relations and the analysis of logophoric phenomena.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Subject Language(s): Amele
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521023432
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