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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01616

Deictic Navigation Network: Linguistic Viewpoint Disturbances in Schizophrenia

  • 1Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

This paper introduces the Deictic Navigation Network, a cognitive-linguistic framework to analyze and clarify the nature of viewpoint disturbances in language, applied to schizophrenia. We argue that such disturbances have linguistic counterparts in the use of deixis: linguistic elements of which the interpretation relies on the situational context of the discourse and their connection to a subject-bound perspective. The DNN connects such linguistic phenomena to three viewpoint disturbances, which can manifest in different degrees of extremity: (i) the reduced capacity to recognize one’s own subjective perspective and the subjective perspectives of others; (ii) the reduced capacity to separate present perspectives from distinct past, future, and hypothetical perspectives; and (iii) the reduced capacity to integrate projected viewpoint structures into the actual here-and-now. We explain how application of the DNN to language in schizophrenia enables the localization of perspectivization disturbances and helps to clarify the nature of disturbances in the ability to build complex viewpoint structures in language as well as cognition.

Keywords: deixis, Interaction, intersubjectivity, Language, Origo, perspective, subjectivity, Schizophrenia

Received: 08 Mar 2019; Accepted: 26 Jun 2019.

Edited by:

Francesco Ferretti, Roma Tre University, Italy

Reviewed by:

Alexia Galati, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States
Valentina Cuccio, University of Parma, Italy  

Copyright: © 2019 Van Schuppen, van Krieken and Sanders. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Ms. Sara L. Van Schuppen, Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, 6525, Netherlands,