Aspects of referentiality

Chen, Ping (2009) Aspects of referentiality. Journal of Pragmatics, 41 8 (Childhood and Social Interaction in Everyday Life): 1657-1674. doi:10.1016/j.pragma.2009.03.002

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Author Chen, Ping
Title Aspects of referentiality
Journal name Journal of Pragmatics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0378-2166
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.pragma.2009.03.002
Volume 41
Issue 8 (Childhood and Social Interaction in Everyday Life)
Start page 1657
End page 1674
Total pages 18
Editor Cromdal, Jakob
Place of publication Amsterdam
Publisher Elsevier BV
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
200311 Chinese Languages
200322 Comparative Language Studies
Abstract Semantic referentiality, pertaining to the semantics of expressions of certain grammatical categories, is defined in terms of pointing to some existent entity in a model of discourse, whereas pragmatic referentiality pertains to language use, and is defined crucially in terms of context-dependency and speaker's intention and cognitive status over and above semantics. A discourse thematic referential expression is regarded to be one high in thematic importance, which pertains to the purpose of performance of the referring function in discourse. While some expressions are generally taken, based on their semantics, as inherently referential or nonreferential semantically, there are no specific linguistic devices, other than preferred encoding types, in English or Chinese to mark the pragmatic referentiality of an expression. On the other hand, English and Chinese are found to be more sensitive to distinction in discourse thematic referentiality. Chinese strongly favors the same grammatical encoding for pragmatic and thematic nonreferentials and referents of low thematic referentiality, irrespective of their semantic referentiality, which provides further empirical evidence for the conceptual link between pragmatic referentiality and discourse thematic referentiality.
Keyword referential
semantic referentiality
pragmatic referentiality
Thematic Importance
Chinese language
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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