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Diachrony of Personal Pronouns in Japanese : A functional and cross-linguistic perspective, Hardback Book

Diachrony of Personal Pronouns in Japanese : A functional and cross-linguistic perspective Hardback

Part of the Current Issues in Linguistic Theory series

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Personal pronouns in Japanese form a heterogeneous category.

This book investigates their historical development from a functional perspective.

It shows that while nouns give rise to personal pronouns through semanticization of pragmatic inferences, the use of non-nominal forms such as demonstratives and reflexives for person referents can be resolved within their original functions, offering little reason to treat them as personal pronouns.

The cross-linguistic investigation into the common sources of personal pronouns reveals that the development of personal pronouns from nouns is largely consistent with grammaticalization, but that of forms of non-nominal origins requires separate mechanisms such as spatial/empathetic perspectives and displacement of semantic features for politeness, showing that a one-size-fits-all approach to diachrony of personal pronouns is not sufficient.

This book will be of special interest to researchers and students in historical linguistics, pragmatics, and Japanese linguistics, who take a functional view of language.

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