Making referents accessible in multi-party interaction
Keywords: multimodality, multiperson conversation, reference, accessibility, Finnish, Italian
AbstractThe paper discusses cases in which referents that have not been mentioned previously are assessed without any overt mention of those referents but are rather made accessible through multimodal means, which are finely calibrated with what else is going on in the conversation. The authors suggest that the cases discussed raise important questions about reference and referentiality. The data are multiperson conversations in Italian and Finnish.