4) Augusta Webster, "Poets and Personal Pronouns
," in A Housewife's Opinions (London: Macmillan, 1879), pp.
The analysis of 187 cases of pronouns use in both The Financial times and The Wall Street Journal articles on politics, economics and social issues has shown that there are 125 examples of the indefinite pronouns (67%) and 62 instances of personal pronouns
(33%) used as means of impersonalization.
As regards the personal pronoun
under discussion its distribution in the late 15th century prose presented the following pattern:
Kinship terms and personal pronouns
do not convey marked attitudinal meanings if they are used according to the speakers' family and social roles and level of deference determined by their relationships.
If the lexical input is not relevant to the text, then a conventional lexical anaphor or even a personal pronoun
can be used.
While Sonnet 5 attempted to extract the second person singular element from the vial, Sonnet 6 replicates the process by attempting to do the opposite, thereby creating a compound in which "thou" has an overwhelming share: the second person singular personal pronoun
appears in the sonnet no less than 14 times in five different forms.
However, it is interesting that while Umar, the pedicab scooter driver, is speaking respectfully with the officer by using formal personal pronouns
While the 3rd person pronoun singular and the 2nd person plural have low and high tones respectively (11 b&h); other personal pronoun
objects are on a mid tone.
'ehna, which does not occur in the Syrian dialect area to the north of Palestine.
Company, indeed, both establishes and puts into question its own fictional ground, space, or machinery by dividing its narrative and discourse according to the three classes of personal pronoun
, whereby the "one on his back in the dark"--the figure supposedly at the center of the tale--is given in the third person as the apparent addressee of a "voice" that speaks in the second, a voice which says, for example, "You are on your back in the dark," "You first saw the light on such and such a day," "Your mind never active at any time is now less than ever so," and so on (3-5).
Also, as is shown in Table 3, the only personal pronoun
used in the paragraph is "I," the narrator.
THERE are few things more pathetic than columnists who become addicted to the personal pronoun