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Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics: Person

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This textbook deals with the grammatical category of person, which covers the first person, the second person, and the third person. Drawing on data from over 500 languages, Anna Siewierska compares the use of person within and across different languages, and examines the factors underlying this variation. She shows how person forms vary in substance, in the nature of the semantic distinctions they convey, in how they are used in sentences and discourse, and in the way they function to convey social distinctions. By looking at different types of person forms in the grammatical and social contexts in which they are used, this book documents an underlying unity between them, arguing against the treatment of person markers based on arbitrary sets of morphological and syntactic properties. Clearly organized and accessibly written, it will be welcomed by students and scholars of linguistics, particularly those interested in grammatical categories and their use.

Synopsis:

Drawing on data from over five hundred languages, Anna Siewierska compares the use of person within and across different languages, and examines the factors underlying variation. Siewierska demonstrates how person forms vary in substance (how large they are), in the nature of the semantic distinctions they convey (e.g., gender, number, case), and in their use in sentences and discourse. The textbook covers the grammatical category of person, which includes the first person (the speaker), the second person (the hearer), and the third person (neither the speaker nor the hearer).

About the Author

Anna Siewierska is Professor of Linguistics and Human Communication at Lancaster University.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The typology of person forms; 3. The structure of person paradigms; 4. Person agreement; 5. The function of person forms; 6. Person forms and social deixis; 7. Person forms in a diachronic perspective.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521772143
Editor:
Anderson, S. R.
Editor:
Bresnan, J.
Editor:
Anderson, S. R.
Editor:
Bresnan, J.
Author:
Anderson, S. R.
Author:
Comrie, B.
Author:
Dressler, W.
Author:
Siewierska, Anna
Author:
Ewen, C. J.
Author:
Bresnan, J.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Grammar
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Grammar, Comparative and general
Subject:
Person.
Subject:
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Person.
Subject:
Grammar & Punctuation
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics
Publication Date:
20040731
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 line diagrams 15 tables
Pages:
348

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Archaeology » General
History and Social Science » Linguistics » General
History and Social Science » Linguistics » Specific Languages and Groups
Reference » Grammar and Style
Reference » Grammar and Usage
Reference » Words Phrases and Language

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Product details 348 pages Cambridge University Press - English 9780521772143 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Drawing on data from over five hundred languages, Anna Siewierska compares the use of person within and across different languages, and examines the factors underlying variation. Siewierska demonstrates how person forms vary in substance (how large they are), in the nature of the semantic distinctions they convey (e.g., gender, number, case), and in their use in sentences and discourse. The textbook covers the grammatical category of person, which includes the first person (the speaker), the second person (the hearer), and the third person (neither the speaker nor the hearer).
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