The Social Dynamics of Pronominal Systems

A comparative approach

| University of Toronto
ISBN 9789027203168 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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Personal pronouns have a special status in languages. As indexical tools they are the means by which languages and persons intimately interface with each other within a particular social structure. Pronouns involve more than mere grammatical functions in live communication acts. They variously signal the gender of speakers as parts of utterances or in their anaphoric roles. They also prominently indicate with a range of degrees the kind of social relationships that hold between speakers from intimacy to indifference, from dominance to submission, and from solidarity to hostility. Languages greatly vary in the number of pronouns and other address terms they offer to their users with a distinct range of social values. Children learn their relative position in their family and in their society through the “correct” use of pronouns. When languages come into contact because of population migrations or through the process of translation, pronouns are the most sensitive zone of tension both psychologically and politically. This volume endeavours to probe the comparative pragmatics of pronominal systems as social processes in a representative set from different language families and cultural areas.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 304]  2019.  vi, 320 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Paul Bouissac
Chapter 1. N-V-T, a framework for the analysis of social dynamics in address pronouns
Manuela Cook
Chapter 2. When we means you : The social meaning of English pseudo-inclusive personal pronouns
Nick Wilson
Chapter 3. A socio-semiotic approach to the personal pronominal system in Brazilian Portuguese
Monica Rector and Marcelo da Silva Amorim
Chapter 4. Address pronouns and alternatives: Challenges and solutions when translating between two polycentric languages (English and Portuguese)
Manuela Cook
Chapter 5. T-V address practices in Italian: Diachronic, diatopic, and diastratic analyses
Costantino Maeder and Romane Werner
Chapter 6. Forms and functions of the French personal pronouns in social interactions and literary texts
Paul Bouissac
Chapter 7. The dynamics of Nepali pronominal distinctions in familiar, casual and formal relationships
George L. van Driem
Chapter 8. The Chinese pronominal system and identity construction via self-reference
Bing Xue and Shaojie Zhang
Chapter 9. Pronouns in an 18th century Chinese novel: What they tell us about social dynamics
Cher Leng Lee
Chapter 10. Me, myself, and ako : Locating the self in Taglish tweets
Dana Osborne
Chapter 11. Address, reference and sequentiality in Indonesian conversation
Michael C. Ewing and Dwi Noverini Djenar
Chapter 12. Pronouns in affinal avoidance registers: Evidence from the Aslian languages (Austroasiatic, Malay Peninsula)
Nicole Kruspe and Niclas Burenhult
“The volume opens doors for further pursuit of pronominal intricacies in the world’s languages, and is likely to interest scholars not only in pragmatics, but also in linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, politeness research, and interaction.”
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BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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