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Title: Metarepresentational demonstratives in Digo
Author: Steve Nicolle
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Institution: Canada Institute of Linguistics
Linguistic Field: Pragmatics
Subject Language: Digo
Subject LANGUAGE Family: Narrow Bantu; Central Narrow Bantu E
Abstract: In this paper, I present an analysis of a particular type of demonstrative pronoun in Digo, a Bantu language spoken in Kenya and Tanzania, which I argue encodes meta­representational use. That is, the use of this demonstrative indicates that the associated utterance is to be interpreted as a representation of some other representation, for example in the form of a question, an exclamation, or a command (or some combination of these) embedded within the speaker's evaluation of the proposition expressed. The data for this study is drawn from a corpus of approximately 14,000 words of non-translated text.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: In: R. A. Nilsen, N. N. A. Amfo and K. Borthen (eds.) Interpreting Utterances: Pragmatics and its Interfaces. Essays in honour of Thorstein Fretheim, 127-146. Oslo: Novus.
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