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Title: About the Speaker
Subtitle: Towards a Syntax of Indexicality
Written By: Alessandra Giorgi

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 introduced
post-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 with theoretical 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 elegantly for 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

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199571899
ISBN-13: 9780199571895
Pages: 256
Prices: U.S. $ 120.00
U.K. £ 65.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0199571902
ISBN-13: 9780199571901
Pages: 248
Prices: U.K. £ 24.99
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