INTERSUBJECTIFICATION IN COGNITIVE GRAMMAR: REFLECTING ON ENGLISH AND POLISH REFLEXIVES

Henryk Kardela

Abstrakt

The paper provides a cognitive grammar analysis of reflexivization phenomena in English and Polish. Three separate although related claims are made: (i) underlying reflexiviza­tion phenomena is the intersubjectification process which involves the so-called refer­ence point relationship; (ii) the intersubjectification process takes place in the Current Discourse Space CDS (Langacker 2008), whereby the degree of the antecedent’s ac­cessibility for the reflexive pronoun is established; (iii) while in Polish, the antecedent’s accessibility is closely linked to the detransitivization process, in English, it is determined by the accessibility hierarchy in the sense of Kuno (1987).

Słowa kluczowe: reflexivization, intersubjectification, reference point relationship, accessibility hierarchy, detransitivization
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