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

Françoise Rose francoise.rose at univ-lyon2.fr
Sat Jan 22 14:20:24 UTC 2022

Dear Denys,
one basic distinction that may be encoded by first person pronouns is gender. Gender may then be analyzed as either grammatical or indexical, as discussed in the following paper (in French):

Rose, Françoise. 2013. “Le genre du locuteur et de l’allocutaire dans les systèmes pronominaux: genre grammatical et indexicalité du genre.” Bulletin de La Société de Linguistique de Paris 108 (1): 381–417.


Françoise ROSE (fʁɑ̃swɑz ʁoz)
Directrice de Recherches 2ème classe, CNRS
Laboratoire Dynamique Du Langage (CNRS/Université Lyon2)
16 avenue Berthelot
69007 Lyon

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

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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