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The Distribution of Person Refering Terms in Natural Conversation

By Andrew J. Wilson and David Zeitlyn


This article outlines a methodology that integrates past approaches to the subject of address and reference, which will allow for the systematic and quantitative analysis of which person-referring expres- sions are preferred by whom, and when they are used. Our purpose is to make a case for examining personal reference as it occurs in natural conversation and to outline a way to make this possible. We present our methodology and highlight certain practical problems that arise, along with suggested responses. This includes a discussion of the coding scheme that has been developed and applied to a corpus of natural conversation. The desired result of this article is to give a clear account of the aims and constraints of our project. We discuss the difference

Topics: GN
Publisher: Routledge Journals
Year: 1995
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