[Lingtyp] Two 1SG pronouns (in reported speech and beyond)

JOO, Ian [Student] ian.joo at connect.polyu.hk
Fri Jan 21 18:04:45 UTC 2022

Dear Denys,

Not quite sure if this is part of what you're looking for, but many languages have different 1sg pronouns for different registers, politeness, gender, social status, etc.

Korean na/ce
Japanese boku/ore/watashi/etc.
Thai phom/chan/kuu/etc.
Vietnamese em/anh/toi/etc.

On 21 Jan 2022, 6:23 PM +0100, Denys T. <denys.teptiuk at gmail.com>, wrote:
Dear all,

Maybe this question may sound odd to many, but I wondered if there are languages that would have more than one 1SG pronoun, and if yes, how would the two differ from one another? My question mainly relates to reported speech constructions, specifically self-quotations. Since it is quite safe to assume that Reported Speaker = Reporter in self-quotations , I wondered if some language would distinguish the two sources of consciousness: 'I-now' as Reporter, and 'I-then' as Reported Speaker. I don’t think I have seen something like this in the literature (might have simply overlooked it), but if you have heard about something like that, I would be interested to know more. Any examples from the languages of your expertise where this (or any other similar distinction related to 1SG pronoun) occurs would be more than welcome!

Have a lovely weekend!

From Tartu,
Denys Teptiuk
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