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Lodz Papers in Pragmatics

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Editor-in-Chief: Chilton, Paul / Kopytowska, Monika

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Route dialogue partitions: Interactions between semantics and pragmatics

Monica Mosca,
Published Online: 2012-11-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lpp-2012-0010


This article proposes a model for route description dialogues based on the integration of the theories about route directions with those related to specific spatial instructions. This proposal is based empirically on a corpus of spoken Italian. The analysis of the corpus has shown that the basic dialogue strategy proposed by previous researchers requires further integration and elaboration. Also the model of spatial language developed in cognitive linguistics applies to the description of the giver�s instructions and directions, despite the fact that the literature in the field often overlooks this approach. This way of accounting for route descriptions is suitable to explain the lexicalization of the conceptualization of the displacements the follower must accomplish. A model of dialogue partitions integrated with the cognitive modelling of spatial language is proposed and supported by examples from the linguistic data.

Keywords: route description; dialogue partition; spatial language; motion schemata; landmark identification

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Monica Mosca,

Monica Mosca's field of interest is cognitive linguistics, sociolinguistics and corpus linguistics. Since her PhD dissertation defended in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Pisa she has carried out research on the relationship between semantics and syntax, and the lexicalization of expressions of motion. She is a member of an international research project on cognitive linguistics (MovEs project). A second line of interest is sociolinguistics of immigration, corpus linguistics, and language acquisition. She has authored and edited books, and published a number of articles in international journals. At present she is affiliated with University of Piemonte Orientale.

Published Online: 2012-11-01

Published in Print: 2012-11-01

Citation Information: Lodz Papers in Pragmatics, Volume 8, Issue 2, Pages 157–181, ISSN (Online) 1898-4436, ISSN (Print) 1895-6106, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lpp-2012-0010.

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