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The Metonymicity of the Greek Deictic Adverbs εδώ [Here] and εκεί [There] in Politics

School of Economics and Administrative Sciences, University of Thessaly, 38221 Volos, Greece
Philosophies 2019, 4(3), 51; https://doi.org/10.3390/philosophies4030051
Received: 21 April 2019 / Revised: 14 August 2019 / Accepted: 16 August 2019 / Published: 20 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Philosophies of Time, Media and Contemporaneity)
This paper discusses the uses of the Greek deictic adverbs εδώ [here] and εκεί [there] in the language of politics. The paper draws examples from political speeches which took place in the Hellenic Parliament during 2011 and discussed the financial situation of Greece during that time. It is suggested that εδώ [here] and εκεί [there] have a high degree of metonymicity since they express ‘stand for’ relations. It is argued that the deictic adverbs have a referential function since they designate a range of concepts, namely, political parties, financial, political, and social situations, the Hellenic Parliament, political ideology, decisions, etc. It is also stated that the temporal and the spatial denotations of εδώ and εκεί are subject to image schemas. In particular, the paper discusses how the Greek deictic adverbs prompt for the image schemas of containment, part for whole, and centre-periphery and suggests that these types of image schemas have a metonymic basis. View Full-Text
Keywords: politics; political speech; economic crisis; Greece; deictics; space; time; image schemas; metonymicity politics; political speech; economic crisis; Greece; deictics; space; time; image schemas; metonymicity
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Tsaroucha, E. The Metonymicity of the Greek Deictic Adverbs εδώ [Here] and εκεί [There] in Politics. Philosophies 2019, 4, 51.

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