Blackwell, Susan (2007)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.
This dissertation applies corpus linguistics techniques to reveal patterns in the acquisition and use of personal pronouns. Setting out from Brown and Gilman's mould-breaking study of "the pronouns of power and solidarity", it argues that their focus on the metaphorical use of plurality in the second-person cannot account for the numerous ways in which canonical pronoun usage is routinely violated by both children and adults. Nonetheless, the concepts of power and solidarity remain productive ones and can help to account for the patterns revealed here.
|Type of Work:||Ph.D. thesis.|
|Supervisor(s):||Coulthard, Malcolm and Hunston, Susan (1953-)|
|School/Faculty:||Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Humanities|
|Department:||Department of English|
|Keywords:||Personal pronouns, child language acquisition, corpus linguistics, Dutch, English, Party election broadcasts, power and solidarity, politicians' language, Groningen corpus, Flusberg corpus, Manchester corpus, "motherese", "caretaker speech"|
|Subjects:||JN Political institutions (Europe)|
JN101 Great Britain
P Philology. Linguistics
PF West Germanic
|Institution:||University of Birmingham|
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