Switch-Reference and Discourse Representation

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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 formalised in Discourse Representation Theory, and explores how far it is possible for such an account to be compositional morphosyntactic/semantic, while at the same time taking seriously the range of linguistic and crosslinguistic 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 about the nature of linguistically marked referential relations and the analysis of logophoric phenomena.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521023436
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics Series , #63
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations
1 Switch-reference phenomena 1
1.1 The canonical conception of switch-reference 3
1.2 Violation of categorial iconicity 11
1.3 The formal complexity of switch-reference systems 13
1.4 The functional complexity of switch-reference systems 33
1.5 Logophoricity and obviation 50
2 Functional extensions of switch-reference systems 58
2.1 Unexpected SS marking and impersonal constructions 60
2.2 Unexpected DS marking and discontinuities between clauses 98
2.3 Switch-reference and the rhetorical structure of discourse 114
3 Theoretical conceptions of switch-reference 120
3.1 Switch-reference as topic maintenance 123
3.2 Switch-reference as gapping 132
3.3 Categorial iconicity revisited 135
3.4 Transitivity 147
3.5 Switch-reference as agreement between eventualities 150
4 Discourse Representation Theory and Unification Categorial Grammar 156
4.1 Discourse Representation Theory 156
4.2 Unification Categorial Grammar 170
5 A Discourse Representation Theory account of switch-reference 181
5.1 Amele 182
5.2 The syntax of switch-reference in Amele 185
5.3 The semantics of switch-reference in Amele 207
5.4 Switch-reference with impersonal constructions 238
5.5 Generality of the account 248
6 Logophoricity 252
6.1 Logophoric phenomena 253
6.2 Accounting for logophoricity within Discourse Representation Theory 268
6.3 An alternative Discourse Representation Theory account for logophoric phenomena 282
6.4 Generality of the account 299
6.5 Logophoricity and switch-reference 304
Notes 308
References 333
Index 345
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