Benveniste and the Periperformative Structure of the Pragmeme

Douglas ROBINSON*

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Abstract

In his attempt to impose a counterintuitive binary on the “personal” pronouns—arguing that the first and second persons “personalize” and the third person “depersonalizes”—Émile Benveniste creates a cognitive dissonance that drives us to consider a startling observation: that there is a virtual third person that haunts the first and second persons as a “witness” to the performative interactions between the “I” and the “you.” This chapter draws on Eve Sedgwick’s (Touching feeling: affect, pedagogy, performativity. Duke University Press, Durham, 2003) notion of the “periperformative” to explore the “I-you-they” structure of the pragmeme.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPragmemes and Theories of Language Use
EditorsKeith Allan, Alessandro Capone, Istvan Kecskes
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Pages85-104
Number of pages20
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9783319434919
ISBN (Print)9783319434902, 9783319828381
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2017

Publication series

NamePerspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy and Psychology
Volume9
ISSN (Print)2214-3807
ISSN (Electronic)2214-3815

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language

User-Defined Keywords

  • Benveniste
  • I
  • Periperformative
  • Pronouns
  • Sedgwick
  • They
  • You

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