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Kitagawa, Chisato and Adrienne Lehrer. 1990. Impersonal uses of personal pronouns. Journal of Pragmatics 14 (5) : 739–759. https://doi.org/10.1016/0378-2166(90)90004-W
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This article examines the use of the personal pronouns you, we, and I as impersonal pronouns in discourse situations that involve structural knowledge and general truths. The stylistic and rhetorical differences among the impersonal you, we, and I follow from their deictic use. The extension of the 2nd person pronoun to an impersonal pronoun is restricted to languages with small, closed pronoun sets.