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

Whitt, Richard J.

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Theodossia-Soula Pavlidou
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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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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 contexts. John Benjamins. https://doi.org/10.1075/pbns.239

Acceptance Date Dec 1, 2012
Publication Date Feb 27, 2014
Deposit Date Aug 23, 2017
Publicly Available Date Aug 23, 2017
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Issue 239
Series Title Pragmatics & beyond new series
Book Title Constructing collectivity: 'we' across languages and contexts
ISBN 9789027256447
DOI https://doi.org/10.1075/pbns.239
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/44797
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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