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By Alessandra Giorgi

This booklet considers the semantic and syntactic nature of indexicals - linguistic expressions, as in I, you, this, that, the day before today, tomorrow, whose reference shifts from utterance to utterance.There is a long-standing controversy to whether the semantic reference element is already current as syntactic fabric or if it is brought post-syntactically by means of semantic principles of interpretation. Alessandra Giorgi resolves this controversy via an empirically grounded exploration of temporal indexicality, arguing that the speaker's temporal position is laid out in the syntactic constitution. She helps her research with theoretical and empirical arguments according to information from English, Italian, chinese language, and Romanian. Professor Giorgi addresses a few tricky and longstanding concerns within the research of temporal phenomena - together with the Italian imperfect indicative, the houses of the so-called future-in-the-past, and the homes of loose oblique Discourse - and indicates that her framework can account elegantly for them all. rigorously argued, succinct, and obviously written her e-book will attraction extensively to semanticists in linguistics and philosophy from graduate point upwards and to linguists attracted to the syntax-semantics interface.

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