The Pragmatics of Personal Pronouns
This volume presents new research on the pragmatics of personal pronouns. Whereas personal pronouns used to have a reputation of poor substitutes for full NP’s, recent research shows that personal pronouns are a fundamental, if not universal, category, whose pragmatics is central to their understanding. For instance, personal pronouns may indicate attentional continuity or social deixis, and take on genre-specific pragmatic effects. The authors of the present collection investigate such effects and analyse competing forms in context (e.g. she / her in subject position), as well as their pragmatic functions in an extensive range of genres such as advertising, TV series, charity appeals, mother/child interaction or computer-mediated communication. Moreover, one section is devoted to the pragmatics of antecedentless pronouns and so-called ‘impersonal’ personal forms. The volume will be of interest to both scholars and students interested in the pragmatics of functional words.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 171] 2015. vi, 337 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Personal pronouns: An expositionLaure Gardelle and Sandrine Sorlin | pp. 1–24
PART I. Personal pronouns beyond syntax: Competing forms in context
Chapter 2. She said “I don’t like her and her don’t like me”: Complex interpersonal relations expressed through personal pronoun exchange in the Black Country dialectLyndon Higgs | pp. 27–44
Chapter 3. Free self-forms in discourse-pragmatic functions: The role of viewpoint and contrast in picture NPsNuria Hernández | pp. 45–68
Chapter 4. Sex-indefinite references to human beings in American English: Effective uses and pragmatic interferences. A case study of your childLaure Gardelle | pp. 69–92
PART II. First and second person pronouns across genres: Advertising, TV series and literature
Chapter 5. ‘Loquor, ergo sum’: ‘I’ and animateness re-consideredKatie Wales | pp. 95–104
Chapter 6. ‘You’ and ‘I’ in charity fundraising appealsAndrea Macrae | pp. 105–124
Chapter 7. Breaking the fourth wall: The pragmatic functions of the second person pronoun in House of CardsSandrine Sorlin | pp. 125–146
Chapter 8. How do person deictics construct roles for the reader? The unusual case of an “unratified reader” in Schnitzler’s Leutnant Gustl and Fräulein ElseEmmanuelle Prak-Derrington | pp. 147–170
PART III. Referring to the self and the addressee in context of interaction
Chapter 9. First and second person pronouns in two mother-child dyadsStéphanie Caët and Aliyah Morgenstern | pp. 173–194
chapter 10. Pronouns and sociospatial ordering in conversation and fictionDwi Noverini Djenar | pp. 195–214
Chapter 11. Referring to oneself in the third person: A novel construction in text-based computer-mediated communicationTuija Virtanen | pp. 215–238
PART IV. The pragmatics of impersonal and antecedentless pronouns
Chapter 12. Interpreting antecedentless pronouns in narrative texts: Knowledge types, world building and inference-makingCatherine Emmott | pp. 241–258
Chapter 13. The infinite present: The pronoun on and the present tense in L’excès – l’usine by Leslie KaplanAnje Müller Gjesdal | pp. 259–274
Chapter 14. Pragmatic and stylistic uses of personal pronoun oneElise Mignot | pp. 275–310
Chapter 15. Impersonal uses of the second person singular and generalized empathy: An exploratory corpus study of English, German and RussianLisa Deringer, Volker Gast, Florian Haas and Olga Rudolf | pp. 311–334
Index | pp. 335–337
“This volume is highly commendable, as it gives a thought-provoking panoramic view of personal pronoun analysis in different approaches and languages, aiming at an increased dialog and awareness of results coming from other approaches than one’s own, and also between scholars working on different languages.”
Bettina Kluge, University of Hildesheim, in English Text Construction Vol. 12:1: pp. 154–161.
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Main BIC Subject
CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General