Article published in:Current Trends in Contrastive Linguistics: Functional and cognitive perspectives
Edited by María de los Ángeles Gómez González, J. Lachlan Mackenzie and Elsa M. González Álvarez
[Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 60] 2008
► pp. 3–26
Ways of impersonalizing: Pronominal vs verbal strategies
The term impersonal is used in the literature to denote subjectless constructions, constructions featuring only a pleonastic subject, and constructions which lack a specified agent. This chapter focuses on the third of these types, which are often expressed in languages by the non-personal use of personal pronouns (pronominal impersonals) or by agentless passives, reflexive impersonals and participial impersonals (here designated by the cover term ‘verbal impersonals’). This chapter compares the use of pronominal impersonals, in particular that of the third person plural with verbal impersonals, with respect to their referential range. Adopting the principles of grammaticalization, I argue that third person plural constructions are more referentially restricted than their verbal counterparts.
Published online: 17 December 2008
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