Demonstratives as spatial deictics or something more? Evidence from Common Estonian and Võro

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Reile , M , Plado , H , Gudde , H B & Coventry , K R 2020 , ' Demonstratives as spatial deictics or something more? Evidence from Common Estonian and Võro ' , Folia Linguistica , vol. 54 , no. 1 , pp. 167-195 . https://doi.org/10.1515/flin-2020-2030

Title: Demonstratives as spatial deictics or something more? Evidence from Common Estonian and Võro
Author: Reile, Maria; Plado, Helen; Gudde, Harmen B.; Coventry, Kenny R.
Contributor organization: Estonian Language and Culture
Date: 2020-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 29
Belongs to series: Folia Linguistica
ISSN: 0165-4004
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/flin-2020-2030
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/329141
Abstract: There is debate regarding the extent to which egocentric distance versus a more interactional approach underpin the use of spatial demonstratives across languages. This study experimentally tested the influence of object distance from a speaker and two dynamic speech-situation related parameters position of an interlocutor, and the one who placed the object referred to - on adnominal demonstrative pronoun choice in two very close kindred languages: Estonian and Voro. These languages are spoken in the same geographical region and are closely related yet have different demonstrative systems. Our results confirmed the influence of egocentric distance on the choice of adnominal demonstrative pronouns in both languages, but the influence of two more interactional factors was found only in Voro. These results highlight the importance of egocentric distance underlying the use of demonstratives in a spatial context but also show that languages that are even closely related vary in the extent to which additional parameters affect dedmonstrative choice.
Subject: Finno-Ugric languages
LANGUAGE
PERCEPTUAL SPACE
PRONOUNS
UNIVERSALS
deictic reference
exophoric demonstratives
experimental method
two and three-term systems
6121 Languages
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
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