A Theory of Indexical Shift (Hardcover)

Meaning, Grammar, and Crosslinguistic Variation (Linguistic Inquiry Monographs)

By Amy Rose Deal

The MIT Press, 9780262044189, 200pp.

Publication Date: August 25, 2020

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (8/25/2020)

List Price: 90.00*
* Individual store prices may vary.

Description

A comprehensive overview of the semantics and syntax of indexical shift that develops a constrained typology of the phenomenon across languages.

The phenomenon of indexical shift--whereby indexicals embedded in speech or attitude reports draw their meaning from an attitude event rather than the utterance context--has been reported in languages spanning five continents and at least ten language families. In this book, Amy Rose Deal offers a comprehensive overview of the semantics and syntax of indexical shift and develops a constrained typology of the phenomenon across languages--a picture of variation that is both rich enough to capture the known facts and restrictive enough to make predictions about currently unknown data points.


About the Author

Amy Rose Deal is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is also Affiliated Faculty in the Philosophy Department.