By Kirsten Jeppesen Kragh, Jan Lindschouw
This quantity proposes a brand new strategy to deal with the classical query in regards to the relation among language, cognition, and tradition from the viewpoint of 2 easy structures: deixis and the pronominal procedure. It investigates the linguistic structuring of easy suggestions of person, place and time in Romance languages, disclosing structural transformations that could be on the topic of psychological parameters and different extra-linguistic conditions and hence in all probability associated with a mild revision of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.
The methodological and theoretical concentration relies at the discursive and pragmatic useful method of deixis. The articles difficulty linguistic version and language switch, and lots of the stories undertake pass linguistic views, basically between Romance languages, but in addition with a classical viewpoint from historical Greek discussing the lifestyles of common express styles. The reports exhibit similarities and variations among Romance languages jointly, and set the degree for comparisons among Romance and non-Romance languages. those similarities and modifications are topic to alter in reference to cultural advancements in society and supply during this quantity a coordinated attempt in exploring the linguistic expressions of those extra-linguistic recommendations.
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The thin line indicates the physically audible F0 curve as it is reproduced by the PRAAT programme. The strong dark dashes (which were added manually) provide a phonological idealization of the “messy” acoustic data, thereby indicating how an average French speaker might perceive the intonation contour in Figure 2 (see Mertens 2008, 2011). e. either LH or LHL, the latter with a slight slope at its end. Examples of moi under a “good” topic contour are far from rare. In a sample of 50 randomly chosen occurrences of moi in an interview with a middle-aged female educated speaker from the Paris region, this type appears in 19 cases, which corresponds to 38%.
Topic Figure 1. The ideal topic contour in Modern Spoken French (Mertens 2008: 110) The question of exactly what elements in the syntactic structure can be phrased together depends on two types of parameters. On the one hand, spoken French is extremely flexible in this respect – depending on the speech rate, there are various different ways in which one and the same sentence can be broken down into intonation phrases (IPs, see (10a–c)). However, whatever these intonation phrases are, they may not cut across the boundaries of syntactic constituents (Mertens 2008: 106–107).
Deixis and Pronouns in Romance Languages by Kirsten Jeppesen Kragh, Jan Lindschouw