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Abstract : The paper consists of an overview of my recent work on anaphora and ellipsis and related issues, intended for an audience of students and staff preparing for the new - leçon d-agrégation - in English entitled - Ellipse et anaphore -. This work is presented under 5 main headings: - An approach to anaphora -anadeixis- and deixis as discourse phenomena, investigating how and in what respect the different types of indexical expressions at issue may realise each procedure. - A brief consideration of so-called -topic chains- and the functions performed within them by different types of expressions i.e. the various -links- in the chains. - Two related areas characterising certain discourse functions which certain indexical referring procedures may fulfil, as part of the construction of discourse itself: * In terms of -micro-discourse-, how indexicals contribute to the setting up of local coherence or rhetorical relations to integrate two discourse units into a more encompassing unit; and the contribution of given coherence relations to the complete, in-context interpretation of the indexicals involved; * Within a -macro-discourse- context, the functions fulfilled in particular by certain demonstrative expressions realising a discourse-deictic procedure in terms of the structuring of discourse. - The paper ends with a brief consideration of ellipsis VP- as well as object-ellipsis. In a -Postscript- are listed several recurring difficulties noted amongst students at l-Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail at L3 level in analysing anaphoric as well as deictic expressions within written texts. These errors and confusions show up -negatively-, as it were, some of the essential features of indexical reference in discourse.

Keywords : Anaphore Deixis Anadeixis Topic chains Coherence relations Discourse structure





Author: Francis Cornish -

Source: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/



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