From Glottopedia
Revision as of 19:37, 5 January 2008 by Russky1802 (talk | contribs) (russian term added)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Person is an inflectional dimension used mostly on verbal predicates, possessed nouns and adpositions to denote the speech act participants speaker and hearer and their contrast with non-speech act particiants. In some languages, the dimension person is not categorized into speaker vs. hearer vs. non-speech act participants, but into what is called conjunct, locutor, informant, or epistemic source vs. other. The conjunct (locutor/informant/epistemic source) person is the speaker in statements and the addressee in questions.

Inflectional categories

See also


The term person and the names for the three main categories (first, second, third) go back to the ancient Greek grammarians.


  • Siewierska, Anna. 2003. Person. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Bickel, Balthasar & Nichols, Johanna. 2007. Inflectional morphology. In: Shopen, T. [ed.] "Language typology and syntactic description". Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Other languages