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Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics : Person - Anna Siewierska

Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics


Paperback Published: 21st September 2004
ISBN: 9780521776691
Number Of Pages: 348

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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 700 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.

'Any naive expectation that person is a straightforward category of grammar, with few differences among languages, is quickly dispelled by the immense complexity of the data presented. ... [it contains] an enormous amount of information collated over years of painstaking consultation of grammars and presented for the first time. ... a goldmine of inspiration. ... Siewierska is to be congratulated on establishing the study of person as a unified, if highly complex, field within linguistics.' Folia Linguistica

The typology of person forms
The structure of person paradigms
Person agreement
The function of person forms
Person forms and social deixis
Person forms in a diachronic perspective
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ISBN: 9780521776691
ISBN-10: 0521776694
Series: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 21st September 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 17.3  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.56

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