'impersonal' second person

Denis Creissels Denis.Creissels at UNIV-LYON2.FR
Tue Sep 27 03:16:09 UTC 2011

Dear Eitan,


The right link to download my paper is as follows :




Sorry for the mistake,




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Envoyé : lundi 26 septembre 2011 17:54
Objet : 'impersonal' second person


Hi everyone, 


I'm interested in uses of second person for 'generic,' 'impersonal,' or
'procedural' functions, e.g., 'you go straight and then left,' 'you never
know what you're up against,' etc. Anna Siewierska (Person, p. 212) mentions
that it occurs in Germanic, Romance, Slavonic languages, as well as
Hungarian, Estonian, Komi, Turkish, Abkhaz, and another dozen or so
non-European languages. 


At the moment, I'm interested in the cross-linguistic extent of this
phenomenon. I would be grateful if people would be able to tell me in what
languages it does (or doesn't) occur. If there are any linguistic
discussions of this in particular languages or families, that would be great


I will post a summary of the responses, if there are any.




Best wishes,

Eitan Grossman



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