The Social Dynamics of Pronominal Systems

A comparative approach

ORCID logoPaul Bouissac | University of Toronto
ISBN 9789027203168 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027262547 | 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
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“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.”
“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.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019002811 | Marc record