Singular perception, multiple perspectives through we: constructing intersubjective meaning in English and German

Whitt, Richard J. (2014) Singular perception, multiple perspectives through we: constructing intersubjective meaning in English and German. In: Constructing collectivity: 'we' across languages and contexts. Pragmatics & beyond new series (239). John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 45-64. ISBN 9789027256447

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Abstract

This paper presents the results of a corpus-based investigation of the role of the first-person plural pronoun in the construction of intersubjective meaning among evidential perception verbs in written and spoken English and German (mainly written). Whereas the first-person singular pronoun only signifies that the evidence rests solely with the speaker/writer, the first-person plural pronoun allows a much wider range of intersubjective meanings concerning the nature of the evidence. It is also shown how English and German perception verbs express intersubjective evidential meaning in a number of different complementation patterns, how the type of this meaning is often linked to these patterns, and how the use of the first-person plural pronoun can vary among and within these constructions.

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Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of English
Identification Number: 10.1075/pbns.239
Depositing User: Sanchez-Davies, Jennifer
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2017 14:51
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2017 05:27
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/44797

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