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  • Date Published: July 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521776691

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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.

    • Theoretically informed
    • Wide cross-linguistic coverage (550 languages)
    • Covers both synchronic and diachronic aspects
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    '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

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521776691
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 248 x 173 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 15 tables
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Author

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

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