Some pragmatic considerations in the choice between this or that in English narrative discourse

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2008

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Adam Mickiewicz University

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This study attempts to explore the principles that govern the choice of demonstratives (proximal vs. distal) in English narrative discourse and the pragmatic effects that such choices create in discourse. To do this, the author analyzed the occurrences of demonstratives in two highly dialogue- type novels. Findings of the analysis revealed two major principles that tend to determine the type of demonstrative to use in a certain context, namely the contextual environment in which the demonstrative occurs and the subjective attitude of the speaker/writer. The study highlights the communicative purposes that demonstratives can convey under each of these two major conditions.

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Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, vol. 44 (2008), pp. 391-407

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Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
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