Author positioning and audience addressivity by means of 'we' in Greek academic discourse

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The present chapter reports on a study of first person plural reference in a corpus of 15 Linguistics journal articles by Greek-speaking authors. This data-driven investigation aims to explore the ways in which linguists construct their position
and their relationship with the audience/academic community within the Greek context. Three main categories of semantic reference were identified: referential, generic and ambiguous. Ambiguous referential uses are examined closely,
including examples that cut across the inclusive-exclusive divide. The results suggest that the rhetorical practices of Greek-speaking authors seem to relate to the size and type of the academic community they are addressing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstructing Collectivity
Subtitle of host publication'We' across languages and contexts
EditorsTheodossia-Soula Pavlidou
Place of PublicationAmsterdam/Philadelphia
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9789027256447
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • pronouns
  • Greek
  • author positioning
  • we
  • academic discourse


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