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Some Uses of Demonstratives in Spoken Swedish
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5810-2507
2000 (English)In: Corpus-based and Computational Approaches to Discourse Anaphora / [ed] Botley, S.P. & McEnery, A.M., Amsterdam: John Benjamins , 2000, 107-128 p.Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

This paper presents work in progress on some aspects of the use of one set of demonstrative expressions in a corpus of conversational Swedish. The demonstratives under study are the compound forms den här and den där (Eng. approx. ‘this’, ‘that’), both as pronouns and determiners. These forms belong mainly to the spoken language, and have not received much attention in previous studies of Swedish. Typical cases of deictic, first-mention and anaphoric uses are illustrated, and cases that cause problems for the distinction between first mention and anaphor are discussed. A surprisingly large number of first mentions with demonstratives were found, many of which are used in what is here called the “you know” function of demonstratives, i.e., a means for the speaker of signalling his or her assumption of the listener having a previous representation of the intended referent. Among anaphoric uses, some interesting occurrences are discussed, which resemble cases previously described as ‘identificationally overspecified’ (Maes and Noordman, 1995).

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Amsterdam: John Benjamins , 2000. 107-128 p.
Keyword [en]
Swedish, corpus linguistics, spoken language, demonstratives
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Specific Languages General Language Studies and Linguistics Language Technology (Computational Linguistics) Specific Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19230ISBN: 90 272 2272 / 1 55619 397 1OAI: diva2:185754
Available from: 2007-10-23 Created: 2007-10-23 Last updated: 2014-04-11Bibliographically approved

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