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ERIC Number: ED148183
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Egocentrism: Its Effect on the Form and Use of Grammar.
Zubin, David A.
The concept of cognitive egocentrism is presented, supported with experimental evidence, and operationally defined on a scale of egocentric distance from "ego" ("speaker") to "hearer," to "other," to "concrete entity." This concept is used in evaluating the hypothesis that the nominative case in German means "speaker's focus of attention" in opposition to the dative and accusative cases. Relative clauses are used to quantitatively test this general hypothesis in two deductively derived versions: (1) in a relative clause the relativized entity (--relative pronoun) will be in the nominative case because of its high salience to the speaker; or (2) the entity most akin to the speaker (as defined by the scale of egocentric distance above) will be in the nominative. Quantitative data (taken from a novel and a popular science essay) show that parts (1) or (2) or both of the hypothesis are confirmed in 96% of relative clauses in running discourse. Supporting evidence is reported from a study of newspaper reports of soccer matches. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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