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You and we: Impersonal second person singular and other referential devices in Spanish sociolinguistic interviews
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.
2016 (English)In: Journal of Pragmatics, ISSN 0378-2166, E-ISSN 1879-1387, Vol. 99, 1-16 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The present investigation deals with the variable use of referential devices expressing generic or speaker-oriented reference in a corpus of sociolinguistic interviews where Spanish informants talk about their studies and work experience. The analysis focuses on impersonal second person singulars (2SG-imp), which are compared with the first person singular (1SG) and plural (1PL), uno ‘one’ and reflexive-based impersonal constructions. Quantitative analysis shows that age, gender and familiarity between the speakers are significant factors in accounting for the inter-speaker variation. There is a negative correlation between age and 2SG-imp usage and a positive correlation between age and 1PL usage, and female speakers use both constructions more than men. I discuss the relation of the choice of referring expressions and the expression of intersubjectivity in the interviews. Qualitative analysis of the interview content suggests that there is a connection between the choice of referential devices and generational differences in the choice of individual vs. collective perspective and the inclusion of the addressee.

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2016. Vol. 99, 1-16 p.
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Pronouns, Age, Gender, Spanish, Intersubjectivity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-130922DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2016.04.014ISI: 000379101500001OAI: diva2:934397
Available from: 2016-06-08 Created: 2016-06-08 Last updated: 2016-08-08Bibliographically approved

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