The communicative functions of third-person singular pronouns: Cisgender and transgender perspectives

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This chapter examines the communicative functions of third-person singular pronouns (3PSPs) in the context of self-and other-references. The focus is on transgender contexts, in which 3PSPs have acquired many new functions and associations, such as sharing one's pronouns upon introduction as a novel way of utilizing 3PSPs in self-reference. Other-references have also gained new context-dependentmeanings, e.g. using the wrong pronouns can function as misgendering. Drawing froma thematic analysis of qualitative survey data, the chapter demonstrates how differently cisgender and transgender individuals conceptualize pronouns in relation to one's identity. Connecting the findings to the broader identity framework by Bucholtz and Hall (2010), the chapter discusses the communicative functions of 3PSPs and the ways in which identities are constructed with pronouns.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSelf- and Other-Reference in Social Contexts
Subtitle of host publicationFrom global to local discourses
EditorsMinna Nevala, Minna Palander-Collin
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9789027247094
Publication statusPublished - 2024
Publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NamePragmatics & Beyond New Series
ISSN (Electronic)0922-842X

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 2


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