A Theory of Indexical Shift (Hardcover)
Meaning, Grammar, and Crosslinguistic Variation (Linguistic Inquiry Monographs)
The MIT Press, 9780262044189, 200pp.
Publication Date: August 25, 2020
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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.