Constructing Collectivity: 'We' across languages and contexts (Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 239)

Constructing Collectivity: 'We' across languages and contexts (Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 239)

By: Theodossia-Soula Pavlidou (editor)Hardback

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This is the first edited volume dedicated specifically to first person non-singular reference (`we'). Its aim is to explore the interplay between the grammatical means that a language offers for accomplishing collective self-reference and the socio-pragmatic - broadly speaking - functions of `we'. Besides an introduction, which offers an overview of the problems and issues associated with first person non-singular reference, the volume comprises fifteen chapters that cover languages as diverse as, e.g., Dutch, Greek, Hebrew, Cha'palaa and Norf'k, and various interactional and genre-specific contexts of spoken and written discourse. It, thus, effectively demonstrates the complexity of collective self-reference and the diversity of phenomena that become relevant when `we' is not examined in isolation but within the context of situated language use. The book will be of particular interest to researchers working on person deixis and reference, personal pronouns, collective identities, etc., but will also appeal to linguists whose work lies at the interface between grammar and pragmatics, sociolinguistics, discourse and conversation analysis.


1. Acknowledgements; 2. Preface (by Harre, Rom); 3. Constructing collectivity with 'we': An introduction (by Pavlidou, Theodossia-Soula); 4. Part I. Semantic and pragmatic perspectives on 'we'; 5. Referentiality, predicate patterns, and functions of we-utterances in American English interactions (by Scheibman, Joanne); 6. Singular perception, multiple perspectives through 'we': Constructing intersubjective meaning in English and German (by Whitt, Richard Jason); 7. Referential and functional aspects of the Norwegian first person plural vi (by Borthen, Kaja); 8. Grammar, interaction, and context: Unmarked and marked uses of the first person plural in Italian (by Bazzanella, Carla); 9. The pragmatics of first person non-singular pronouns in Norf'k (by Muhlhausler, Peter); 10. Part II. Interactional perspectives on 'we'; 11. 'We' as social categorization in Cha'palaa, a language of Ecuador (by Floyd, Simeon); 12. Replying with the freestanding 'we' in Greek conversations (by Pavlidou, Theodossia-Soula); 13. Establishing social groups in Hebrew: 'We' in political radio phone-in programs (by Dori-Hacohen, Gonen); 14. Why 'we'?: Between person marking, ideology and politeness in contemporary Polish (by Duszak, Anna); 15. Children's use of English we in a primary school in Wales (by Bateman, Amanda); 16. Part III. Genre-specific perspectives on 'we'; 17. "Nail polish - We've chosen the nicest shades for you!": Editorial voice and 'we' in a Flemish women's magazine (by Temmerman, Martina); 18. Author positioning and audience addressivity by means of 'we' in Greek academic discourse (by Vladimirou, Dimitra); 19. Bulgarian 'we' and audience involvement in academic writing (by Vassileva, Irena G.); 20. On the use of 'we' in Flemish World War II interviews (by Van De Mieroop, Dorien); 21. "Judge us on what we do": The strategic use of collective we in British political discourse (by Fetzer, Anita); 22. Author index; 23. Subject index

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  • ISBN13: 9789027256447
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 355
  • ID: 9789027256447
  • weight: 795
  • ISBN10: 9027256446

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