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Non-situational functions of demonstrative noun phrases in Lingala (Bantu)

Michael Meeuwis UGent and Koenraad Stroeken UGent (2012) PRAGMATICS. 22(1). p.147-166
abstract
This paper examines the non-situational (i.e., non-exophoric) pragmatic functions of the three adnominal demonstratives, oyo, wand, and yango in the Bantu language Lingala. An examination of natural language corpora reveals that, although native-speaker intuitions sanction the use of oyo as an anaphor in demonstrative NPs, this demonstrative is hardly ever used in that role. It also reveals that wand, which has both situational and discourse-referential capacities, is used more frequently than the exclusively anaphoric demonstrative yango. It is explained that wand appears in a wide range of non-coreferential expression types, in coreferential expression types involving low-salience referents, and in coreferential expression types that both involve highly salient referents and include the speaker's desire to signal a shift in the mental representation of the referent towards a pejorative reading. The use of yango, on the other hand, is only licensed in cases of coreferentiality involving highly salient referents and implying continuation of the same mental representation of the referent. A specific section is devoted to charting the possible grammaticalization paths followed by the demonstratives. Conclusions are drawn for pragmatic theory formation in terms of the relation between form (yango vs. wand) and function (coreferentiality vs. non-coreferentiality).
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PRONOUN, Demonstratives, DISCOURSE, EXPRESSIONS, INDIRECT ANAPHORA, Anaphora, Deixis, Bantu languages, Grammaticalization
journal title
PRAGMATICS
Pragmatics
volume
22
issue
1
pages
147 - 166
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000303428100006
JCR category
LINGUISTICS
JCR impact factor
0.608 (2012)
JCR rank
76/158 (2012)
JCR quartile
2 (2012)
ISSN
1018-2101
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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2065640
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2065640
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2012-03-13 15:57:08
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2013-01-09 10:43:07
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  author       = {Meeuwis, Michael and Stroeken, Koenraad},
  issn         = {1018-2101},
  journal      = {PRAGMATICS},
  keyword      = {PRONOUN,Demonstratives,DISCOURSE,EXPRESSIONS,INDIRECT ANAPHORA,Anaphora,Deixis,Bantu languages,Grammaticalization},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {147--166},
  title        = {Non-situational functions of demonstrative noun phrases in Lingala (Bantu)},
  volume       = {22},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Meeuwis, Michael, and Koenraad Stroeken. 2012. “Non-situational Functions of Demonstrative Noun Phrases in Lingala (Bantu).” Pragmatics 22 (1): 147–166.
APA
Meeuwis, M., & Stroeken, K. (2012). Non-situational functions of demonstrative noun phrases in Lingala (Bantu). PRAGMATICS, 22(1), 147–166.
Vancouver
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Meeuwis M, Stroeken K. Non-situational functions of demonstrative noun phrases in Lingala (Bantu). PRAGMATICS. 2012;22(1):147–66.
MLA
Meeuwis, Michael, and Koenraad Stroeken. “Non-situational Functions of Demonstrative Noun Phrases in Lingala (Bantu).” PRAGMATICS 22.1 (2012): 147–166. Print.