Pronominal Gender in English

A Study of English Varieties from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective

By Peter Siemund

© 2007 – Routledge

302 pages

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About the Book

This book investigates the use of English third person pronouns (he, she, it) across different varieties of English, where we frequently find he and she used for inanimate objects (the tree – he, the house – he, the bucket – he, but the water – it). It is the first book-length study of this subject. Varieties of English are discussed in the context of Germanic and Romance languages and dialects as well as a small sample of additional languages. The analysis is conducted within the framework set out by functional typology. The book's straightforward and illuminating generalization in terms of the well known hierarchy of individuation provides a systematic link between pronominal usage in Standard English and its varieties.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations; Acknowledgments; 1 Introduction; 2 The Southwest of England; 3 Newfoundland; 4 Tasmania and other Parts of Australia; 5 Informal Spoken American English; 6 Fictional Texts; 7 Generalizations across Varieties of English; 8 Modern Standard English; 9 A Cross-linguistic View on English Varieties; 10 The Categorial Status of Pronominal Mass/Count-Agreement; 11 Conclusion and Outlook; Bibliography

About the Author

Dr. Peter Siemund is a Professor of Linguistics at the Department of English and American Studies, University of Hamburg and is also author of Intensifiers: A Comparison of English and German (Routledge, 2000).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Germanic Linguistics

The Germanic languages are among the best described in the world and exhibit a considerable degree of variation. Yet, with the exception of English, their properties and structural variance have yet to be fully exploited for linguistic theory. The purpose of this series is to promote more intense interaction of general linguistics with the field of Germanic linguistics as a whole.

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / Scandinavian Languages (Other)
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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General