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About the Speaker: Towards a Syntax of Indexicality

Alessandra Giorgi


This book considers the syntax of the left periphery of clauses in relation to the extra‐sentential context. The prevailing point of view, in the literature in this field is that the external context does not intervene at all in the syntax of the sentence, and that the interaction between sentence and context takes place post‐syntactically. This monograph challenges this view and proposes that reference to indexicality is syntactically encoded in the left‐most position of the clause, where the speaker's temporal and spatial location is represented. To support this hypothesis, it analyses vario ... More

Keywords: left periphery, extra‐sentential context, speaker, temporal dependencies, Free Indirect Discourse, indicative, subjunctive, imperfect, future‐in‐the‐past, Italian, English, Chinese

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199571895
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571895.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alessandra Giorgi, author
University of Venice