Article published in:Information Structuring Resources in Contrast
Edited by Bergljot Behrens, Cathrine Fabricius-Hansen, Hilde Hasselgård and Stig Johansson
[Languages in Contrast 7:2] 2007
► pp. 221–240
The role of discourse topic and proximity for demonstratives in German and Russian
This article discusses the textual functions of demonstratives in German and Russian in terms of ‘discourse topicality’ and ‘proximity’, thus covering a broad range of referential phenomena within a unified approach. It shows that — in spite of important grammatical differences between German and Russian — anaphoric and deictic uses of demonstratives are ruled by the same principles in both languages.
Keywords: deixis, anaphora, German/Russian, demonstratives
Published online: 07 December 2007
Cited by 2 other publications
Consten, Manfred & Maria Averintseva-Klisch
Schumacher, Petra B., Manfred Consten & Mareile Knees
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