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

David Nash david.nash at anu.edu.au
Mon Jan 24 00:45:35 UTC 2022

In some languages pronouns inflect for tense; as for instance in Wurm, 
Stephen A. & L. Hercus. 1976. Tense-marking in Guṇu pronouns. /Pacific 
Linguistics/ A-47,33–56 http://hdl.handle.net/1885/254362
I suppose this could interact with reported speech.

On 22/1/22 04:22, Denys T. 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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