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Deixis and Pragmatics

William F. Hanks.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics

P ublished online March 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Cognitive Linguistics; Language Families; Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics. 8563 words.

Deictic expressions, like English ‘this, that, here, and there’ occur in all known human languages. They are typically used to individuate objects in the immediate context in which they are...

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Theme

Eva Hajičová.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics

P ublished online March 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology. 13077 words.

In the linguistic literature, the term theme has several interpretations, one of which relates to discourse analysis and two others to sentence structure. In a more general (or global)...

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William Labov

Matthew J. Gordon.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics

P ublished online May 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Sociolinguistics. 8913 words.

William Labov (b. 1927) is an American linguist who pioneered the study of variationist sociolinguistics. Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Labov studied English and philosophy at...

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