"Indexicals and context: Context-bound prerequisite(s), ongoing processing and aftermaths of the discourse referring act"

Abstract : This article aims to provide analyses of the discourse associated with the texts of four extracts from recorded guided or free conversations, all taken from the Projet sur la Phonologie du Français Contemporain (PFC). These extracts include several types of indexical expressions, which reveal the existence as well as the discourse-cognitive status of certain mental representations of the referents at issue at the point of use. The discussion will enable us to become aware of the gaps which may exist between what the author calls text (the trace of at least one utterance act) and discourse (the situated interpretation of a connected sequence of such acts in association with an appropriate context). The intention is to bring out the full complexity of the referring procedures of deixis and anaphora as used by the interlocutors under study, in terms of a "scalar" conception of the relationship between these two means of coordination of the interlocutors' attention focus. We will concentrate in particular on what Ehlich (1982) terms "anadeixis" --a form of indexical reference which combines the deictic and anaphoric procedures to various degrees. To end, we will outline the types of modulation which indexical references may effect within the discourse memory at the point of reference, and will indicate how these representations might be formulated and built up.
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Francis Cornish. "Indexicals and context: Context-bound prerequisite(s), ongoing processing and aftermaths of the discourse referring act". "Nouvelles perspectives sur l'anaphore: Points de vue linguistique, psycholinguistique et interactionnel", Apr 2012, Neuchâtel, Switzerland. ⟨hal-00976947⟩

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