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Journal:   JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES OF SHIRAZ UNIVERSITY   SPRING 2006 , Volume 23 , Number 1 (46); Page(s) 11 To 20.
 
Paper: 

PRAGMATIC PERSPECTIVES ON THE PRETERITE IN PERSIAN

 
 
Author(s):  AMOUZADEH M.*
 
* UNIVERSITY OF ISFAHAN
 
Abstract: 

The preterite in Persian can be used, particularly in its colloquial variety, to designate the future time and for immediate warning. These rather unusual uses of the preterite have not been investigated adequately by grammarians of the Persian language. As a purely grammatical approach will be unable to explain such non-characteristic uses of the preterite, this paper aims to explore the issue from a pragmatic perspective. Interestingly enough, such uses of the preterite are associated with the pragmatic category of deixis. For this reason, the current paper argues that the deicticity of the preterite used for expressing futurity must be explained in terms of subjective deixis, rather than from the perspective of mere temporality. The paper also argues that deontic modality can be an appropriate alternative to account for the preterite being used for the speech act of warning.

 
Keyword(s): PRETERITE, DEIXIS, SUBJECTIVITY, FUTURITY, DEONTIC MODALITY
 
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