Introduction: Irregular perspective shifts and perspective persistence, discourse-oriented and theoretical approaches

Caroline Gentens, María Sol Sansiñena Pascual, Stef Spronck, An Van linden

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In this introduction, we set out the central themes of the special issue. It concentrates on imperfect function-form mappings, and discusses several cases in which specific perspectival meanings are not fully predictable on the basis of a perspectivizing grammatical construction alone. We distinguish two kinds of form-function mismatches: (1) perspective-persistent phenomena, i.e. grammatically signaled deictic and/or cognitive perspective shifts which are not realized in interpretation, and (2) irregular perspective shifts, which involve either grammatically un(der)specified shifts or grammatically signaled shifts that are interpreted as mixing multiple sources of deictic and/or cognitive perspective ('multiple-perspective constructions'). We briefly discuss and contextualize each of the contributions, and highlight their central findings.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)155-169
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2019
MoE publication typeB1 Journal article

Fields of Science

  • 6121 Languages
  • form-function mismatch
  • grammatical underspecification
  • irregular perspective shifts
  • multiple-perspective construction
  • perspective persistence

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