Coactivity: Philology, Educology / Santalka: Filologija, Edukologija, Vol 23, No 2 (2015)

Pecularities of French Pronoun on Usage in Lithuanian Scientific Discourse

Lina Dubikaltytė-Raugalienė (Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania)


Scientists studying personal identifiers in French scientific discourse incorporate the personal indefinite pronoun “on” into the paradigm. The semantics of the pronoun depends on the genre of scientific discourse. The pronoun “on” can acquire four meanings denoting or including the author. The current paper, based on two databases of native French and Lithuanian authors’ articles, aims at comparing the tendencies of the pronoun “on” usage and its functions in scientific discourse. The analyses has shown that the Lithuanian authors use the personal pronoun almost twice less frequently to mark an author or authors’ denotative or inclusive meaning. In the articles of Lithuanian authors, the pronoun “on” performs fewer pragmatic functions than in scientific discourse of French authors.

Article in: Lithuanian

Article published: 2015-12-28

Keyword(s): pronoun on; scientific discourse; author’s position; personal indefinite pronoun on semantics; pronoun functions.

DOI: 10.3846/cpe.2015.282

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