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

Whitt, Richard J.

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Richard J. Whitt



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Theodossia-Soula Pavlidou
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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.

Publication Date Feb 27, 2014
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Issue 239
Series Title Pragmatics & beyond new series
Book Title Constructing collectivity: 'we' across languages and contexts
ISBN 9789027256447
Institution Citation Whitt, R. J. (2014). Singular perception, multiple perspectives through we: constructing intersubjective meaning in English and German. In T. Pavlidou (Ed.), Constructing collectivity: 'we' across languages and contextsJohn Benjamins. doi:10.1075/pbns.239
DOI https://doi.org/10.1075/pbns.239
Publisher URL https://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/pbns.239/main
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
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