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

Reile, Maria, Plado, Helen, Gudde, Harmen and Coventry, Kenny ORCID: (2020) Demonstratives as spatial deictics or something more? Evidence from Common Estonian and Võro. Folia Linguistica, 54 (1). pp. 167-195. ISSN 0165-4004

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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 Võro. 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 Võro. 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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: deictic reference,finno-ugric languages,exophoric demonstratives,experimental method,two and three-term systems,language and linguistics,linguistics and language ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1203
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2019 15:30
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 05:23
DOI: 10.1515/flin-2020-2030

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