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Nous and On in Semi-formal French: Pragmatic Uses of Institutionality and Distancing
(Linguistics & TESOL, 2010-11-16)
French linguists have long noted the substitution of the indefinite pronoun on for the 1st person plural pronoun nous, in both formal and informal situations. Studies of informal conversation have found this replacement ...
Sugar Makes You Sweet: Polysemy and Cultural Beliefs about Causation
Earlier studies showed some word pairs in health discourse being conflated. If some polysemes are not recognized as fully separate senses, is there a pattern of use showing if speakers feel that experiencing one sense ...
We Shall Be Watching You, You're Going to Die, and Other Threats: A Corpus-Based Speech Act Approach
(Linguistics & TESOL, 2010-11-17)
Using a speech act approach, this paper examines the similarities and differences between English-language threats made by terrorists and those made by non-terrorists, with a focus on pronoun use and sentence-type. Both ...