Changing perspectives: Something old, something new

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Abstract

This paper investigates questions of perspective shift or non-shift against a background of a basic deictic-cognitive divide in our understanding of what comes under the linguistic notion of perspective. In differentiating ‘distancing’ from ‘free’ indirect speech/thought in narratives, it proposes a new lens through which to reconsider a class of examples controlled in curious ways by the narrator’s deictic and cognitive perspective. Turning to a newer mode of communication – that of Internet memes combining set phrases and images in one multimodal package – the paper shows that despite this novelty, unusual uses of quotation in memes in fact join the ranks of existing non-quotative uses of quotation to express a stance rather than genuinely shift to a different discourse source. The paper also touches on the question of the constructional status of the ‘old’ and ‘new’ phenomena investigated. 
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages30
JournalPragmatics
Volume29
Issue number2
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019

Keywords

  • be like
  • deixis
  • distancing indirect speech/thought
  • fictive interaction
  • Internet memes
  • perspective
  • quotation
  • viewpoint

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