Tomas Samek

Czech Republic

I am interested in the way in which the relationship between "us" versus "the others" is created by, and manifested in, everyday linguistic practices. Who excludes whom from the various notions of "us" - how, when, and why? The evaluative contrast between the good "us" versus the not so good "others" - dynamically constructed by, and reflected in, language use - is the underlying point of view of exclusionary ideologies: racism, nationalism, patriotism et cetera. Your worldview is closely intertwined with your deictic system. Hence my focus on the relationship between ideology and the deictic field of language.