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Darbhe Narayana Shankara Bhat


On the basis of a cross-linguistic study of about 350 languages, this book brings to light several fascinating characteristics of pronouns. It shows that the word ‘pronoun’ represents two kinds of words, called ‘personal pronouns’ and ‘proforms’, with distinct characteristics that derive from their having distinct functions. Personal pronouns denote speech roles (the speaker and the addressee) and have to function as shifters. Because of this, they need to be dissociated from their referents; they do not take any modifiers and complements whose function is to identify referents; their use invo ... More

Keywords: cross-linguistic study, personal pronoun, proform, speech role, referent, coreference, number, gender, general term, category

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199230242
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230242.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Darbhe Narayana Shankara Bhat, author