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A 'Sense of Entitlement' encoded in English Grammar

Wierzbicka, Anna


The study claims that in English there is a grammatical construction, or even a family of constructions, that expresses the notion of a ‘sense of entitlement’. In sentences like Can I have my apple and cheese, please?, this notion is expressed with the pronoun my. In order to describe the meaning of this construction in a way that would be understandable not only to speakers of English but also those whose languages do not contain the word for ‘entitlement’, Natural Semantic Metalanguage is...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Etnolingwistyka
DOI: 10.17951/et.2018.30.133
Access Rights: Open Access


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