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dc.contributor.authorYates, Scotten
dc.contributor.authorHiles, Daviden
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-10T14:42:56Z
dc.date.available2015-11-10T14:42:56Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.identifier.citationYates, S. and Hiles, D. (2010) ‘You can’t, but I do’: the significance of shifts in pronominal forms for self-positioning in talk. Discourse Studies, 12 (4), pp. 535-551en
dc.identifier.issn1461-4456
dc.identifier.issn1461-7080
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/11339
dc.description.abstractMulhaüsler and Harré contend that pronoun systems set out fields of expression ‘within which people can be… presented as agents of one kind or another.’ Despite interest in pronominal forms by various discourse researchers, analysis of pronouns-in-use from this perspective remains underdeveloped. This paper undertakes such an analysis, drawing on Rees’ theories about the ‘distance from the self’ encoded in different pronouns. Our data, from interviews analysed as talk-in-interaction, show participants shifting between pronominal registers as a way of presenting their social world and positioning themselves as agents within it. “Fourth-person” pronouns allow the distancing of reports of lack of agency from the deictic centre of self and express a “deontic modality” through which one can position oneself in relation to moral imperatives. Along with shifts into and out of the first-person register, this is notably used to maintain an agentive self-positioning in talk about situations of relative powerlessness.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSageen
dc.subjectPsychologyen
dc.subjectLearning disabilityen
dc.subjectDiscourse analysisen
dc.subjectPronounsen
dc.subjectDeixisen
dc.title‘You can’t, but I do’: the significance of shifts in pronominal forms for self-positioning in talken
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461445610370128
dc.peerreviewedYesen
dc.explorer.multimediaNoen
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