Anaphoric function of the demonstrative ten in grammaticalization perspective Cover Image

Anaforická funkce výrazu ten v gramatikalizační perspektivě
Anaphoric function of the demonstrative ten in grammaticalization perspective

Author(s): Magdalena Zíková
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Filozofická fakulta, Vydavatelství
Keywords: demonstrative 'ten'; anaphoric use; narrative discourse; grammaticalization; theme–rheme structure

Summary/Abstract: In the paper, the anaphoric use of the demonstrative ten in spoken narrative discourse is examined. Two questions are of main concern to the study: (i) frequency and contextual distribution of the demonstrative, and (ii) grammaticalization potential of the demonstrative in anaphoric function. Concerning (i), all nominal phrases containing the demonstrative ten (determined NPs; 230 in total) are contrasted with their non-determined lexical counterparts, i.e. those not containing the demonstrative (bare NPs; 400 in total). Each item is then inspected in terms of a set of linguistic parameters. It turns out that determined NPs dominate over the bared NPs in the data — speakers use them in more than 60 % of repeated mentions. The most decisive factors are animacy of the referent and sentence perspective (theme — rheme structure). In this way, two functions are identified in the anaphoric use: (i) contextualizing, and (ii) strongly demonstrative, none of which seems to be a plausible source of potential grammaticalization of the demonstrative into a definite article.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: Special
  • Page Range: 106-123
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Czech