The Pragmatics of Personal Pronouns

| ENS de Lyon, UMR ICAR
| Aix-Marseille University, LERMA, IUF
ISBN 9789027259363 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027267832 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Personal pronouns: An exposition
Laure Gardelle and Sandrine Sorlin
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 dialect
Lyndon Higgs
Chapter 3. Free self-forms in discourse-pragmatic functions: The role of viewpoint and contrast in picture NPs
Nuria Hernández
Chapter 4. Sex-indefinite references to human beings in American English: Effective uses and pragmatic interferences. A case study of your child
Laure Gardelle
PART II. First and second person pronouns across genres: Advertising, TV series and literature
Chapter 5. ‘Loquor, ergo sum’ : ‘I’ and animateness re-considered
Katie Wales
Chapter 6. ‘You’ and ‘I’ in charity fundraising appeals
Andrea Macrae
Chapter 7. Breaking the fourth wall: The pragmatic functions of the second person pronoun in House of Cards
Sandrine Sorlin
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 Else
Emmanuelle Prak-Derrington
PART III. Referring to the self and the addressee in context of interaction
Chapter 9. First and second person pronouns in two mother-child dyads
Stéphanie Caët and Aliyah Morgenstern
chapter 10. Pronouns and sociospatial ordering in conversation and fiction
Dwi Noverini Djenar
Chapter 11. Referring to oneself in the third person: A novel construction in text-based computer-mediated communication
Tuija Virtanen
PART IV. The pragmatics of impersonal and antecedentless pronouns
Chapter 12. Interpreting antecedentless pronouns in narrative texts: Knowledge types, world building and inference-making
Catherine Emmott
Chapter 13. The infinite present: The pronoun on and the present tense in L’excèsl’usine by Leslie Kaplan
Anje Müller Gjesdal
Chapter 14. Pragmatic and stylistic uses of personal pronoun one
Elise Mignot
Chapter 15. Impersonal uses of the second person singular and generalized empathy: An exploratory corpus study of English, German and Russian
Lisa Deringer, Volker Gast, Florian Haas and Olga Rudolf
“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.”
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BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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