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Expressing the Self: Cultural Diversity and Cognitive Universals

Minyao Huang and Kasia M. Jaszczolt


This book addresses different linguistic and philosophical aspects of referring to the self in a wide range of languages from different language families, including Amharic, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Newari (Sino-Tibetan), Polish, Tariana (Arawak), and Thai. In the domain of speaking about oneself, languages use a myriad of expressions that cut across grammatical and semantic categories, as well as a wide variety of constructions. Languages of Southeast and East Asia famously employ a great number of terms for first-person reference to signal honorification. The number and m ... More

Keywords: expressing the self, the self, de se thought, de se perspective, first-person reference, first-person pronouns, honorifics, linguistic relativity, indexicals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198786658
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198786658.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Minyao Huang, editor
Research Fellow, Sun Yat Sen University

Kasia M. Jaszczolt, editor
Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy, University of Cambridge

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1 Introduction

Kasia M. Jaszczolt

Part I The self across languages

2 ‘Me’, ‘us’, and ‘others’

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

3 The proper treatment of egophoricity in Kathmandu Newari

Elizabeth Coppock and Stephen Wechsler

5 Expressing the self in Japanese

Rodanthi Christofaki

7 Charting the speaker-relatedness of impersonal pronouns

Minyao Huang, Jiranthara Srioutai, and Mélanie Gréaux

Part II Self-awareness and self-expression

10 Expressing the self

Kasia M. Jaszczolt and Maciej Witek

Part III De se thoughts and indexicality

13 Pragmatic indexicals

Kasia M. Jaszczolt