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Maria Zarifyan
Polysemy of Proximal and Distal Deictic Adverbs in Germanic and Slavic Languages
10
2017
The current study observes temporal and proximal deictic markers of Russian (tut 'here', tam 'there'), Polish (tu 'here', tam 'there'), English (here, there), German (hier 'here', da 'here/there', dort 'there') and Norwegian (her 'here', der 'there') languages. Such deictic pairs seem to be antonymous at first glance, which is an oversimplification of the real situation.

Thus, the goal of the current paper is to consider the full polysemy of deictic markers and highlight some common features. The paper shows, that proximal adverbs are strongly deictic, whereas distal ones can lose the semantics of distance and develop anaphoric function. In addition, proximal and distant adverbs retain the semantics of proximity and distance respectively even in their non-spatial contexts of use.

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