The Social Dynamics of Pronominal Systems
A comparative approach
| University of Toronto
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
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
IntroductionPaul Bouissac | pp. 1–15
Chapter 1. N-V-T, a framework for the analysis of social dynamics in address pronounsManuela Cook | pp. 17–34
Chapter 2. When we means you : The social meaning of English pseudo-inclusive personal pronounsNick Wilson | pp. 35–56
Chapter 3. A socio-semiotic approach to the personal pronominal system in Brazilian PortugueseMonica Rector and Marcelo da Silva Amorim | pp. 57–74
Chapter 4. Address pronouns and alternatives: Challenges and solutions when translating between two polycentric languages (English and Portuguese)Manuela Cook | pp. 75–98
Chapter 5. T-V address practices in Italian: Diachronic, diatopic, and diastratic analysesCostantino Maeder and Romane Werner | pp. 99–132
Chapter 6. Forms and functions of French personal pronouns in social interactions and literary textsPaul Bouissac | pp. 133–150
Chapter 7. The dynamics of Nepali pronominal distinctions in familiar, casual and formal relationshipsGeorge van Driem | pp. 151–203
Chapter 8. The Chinese pronominal system and identity construction via self-referenceBing Xue and Shaojie Zhang | pp. 205–218
Chapter 9. Pronouns in an 18th century Chinese novel: What they tell us about social dynamicsCher Leng Lee | pp. 219–234
Chapter 10. Me, myself, and ako : Locating the self in Taglish tweetsDana Osborne | pp. 235–252
Chapter 11. Address, reference and sequentiality in Indonesian conversationMichael C. Ewing and Dwi Noverini Djenar | pp. 253–288
Chapter 12. Pronouns in affinal avoidance registers: Evidence from the Aslian languages (Austroasiatic, Malay Peninsula)Nicole Kruspe and Niclas Burenhult | pp. 289–317
Index | pp. 319–309
“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.”
Susan Meredith Burt, Illinois State University, on Linguist List 31.1697 (20 May 2020)
“It is certainly an advantage of the book that it covers languages of European origin as well as Asian languages and includes less researched languages such as Nepali or Austroasiatic languages spoken on the Malay Peninsula. Similarly varied are the methodological approaches of the individual chapters, from corpus-based empirical studies of recorded conversation or fictional literature to translation studies and more theoretical discussions. Anyone interested in the comparative analysis of pronouns and particularly of address forms across languages and cultures will find rich pickings in the volume.”
Heinz L. Kretzenbacher, The University of Melbourne, in Contrastive Pragmatics 3 (2022).
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BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics