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Null referring expressions in a conversational context

Shokouhi, Hussein 1996, Null referring expressions in a conversational context, La Trobe working papers in linguistics, vol. 9, pp. 135-153.

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Title Null referring expressions in a conversational context
Author(s) Shokouhi, Hussein
Journal name La Trobe working papers in linguistics
Volume number 9
Start page 135
End page 153
Total pages 9
Publisher La Trobe University, Dept. of Linguistics
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 1996
ISSN 1036-0808
Keyword(s) linguistics
Summary Two contexts where null referring expressions seem to be the most appropriate form for tracking referents in Persian conversation are discussed in this paper. The null referring expression is the unmarked form of tracking referents in both contexts. One context is where a referent acts as the protagonist of the discourse and has a role of primary importance. The other context is where there is a general schema in the sense discussed by Fillmore (1975), Prince (1981) and Chafe (1987). In these contexts, however, where Persian speakers’ preference is for null referring expressions, English speakers’ preference is for a pronominal form.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©1996, La Trobe University, Dept. of Linguistics
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30045965

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