Pronominal Gender in English: A Study of English Varieties from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective

Pronominal Gender in English: A Study of English Varieties from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective

by Peter Siemund
ISBN-10:
041554307X
ISBN-13:
9780415543071
Pub. Date:
05/15/2012
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis

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Pronominal Gender in English: A Study of English Varieties from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective

This book investigates the use of English third person pronouns (he, she, it) across different varieties of English, where we frequently find he and she used for inanimate objects (the tree – he, the house – he, the bucket – he, but the water – it). It is the first book-length study of this subject. Varieties of English are discussed in the context of Germanic and Romance languages and dialects as well as a small sample of additional languages. The analysis is conducted within the framework set out by functional typology. The book's straightforward and illuminating generalization in terms of the well known hierarchy of individuation provides a systematic link between pronominal usage in Standard English and its varieties.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415543071
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/15/2012
Series: Routledge Studies in Germanic Linguistics Series
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations; Acknowledgments; 1 Introduction; 2 The Southwest of England; 3 Newfoundland; 4 Tasmania and other Parts of Australia; 5 Informal Spoken American English; 6 Fictional Texts; 7 Generalizations across Varieties of English; 8 Modern Standard English; 9 A Cross-linguistic View on English Varieties; 10 The Categorial Status of Pronominal Mass/Count-Agreement; 11 Conclusion and Outlook; Bibliography

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