Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 4(6), pp. 428 - 432
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2016.040606
Reprint (PDF) (238Kb)

On Structure and Semantics of Reflexive Constructions in English

Yelena Mkhitaryan 1,*, Loretta Bazikyan 2
1 Faculty of Foreign languages, Kh. Abovyan Armenian State Pedagogical University, Armenia
2 Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences, Armenia


Reflexive or self-pronouns make up inherent part of reflexive constructions in English. They have a dual function in the sentence: they are used as indicators of the category of reflexivity and as intensifiers used for emphasis. In both cases they express the relation between the participants of the event that refer to the same entity. But if in the first case this relation can be described as that of the subject and the object, the same cannot be said about intensifiers. The latter's role is limited by giving an extra force or importance to the element of the sentence it relates to. The aim of the present paper is to point out functional differences between these two uses of reflexive pronouns as well as to indicate specific structural and semantic features that they reveal in constructions they make part of. The study shows that constructions with reflexive pronouns functioning as indicators of reflexivity are diverse both semantically and structurally, in contrast to reflexives used for emphasis, whose primary function consists in intensification. Nevertheless, they too display some distinctive semantic and pragmatic meanings which depend on the situation and character of the accomplished action.

Reflexivity, Reflexive Pronoun, Emphatic Reflexive Pronoun, Dual Function, Intensifier, Coreference, Affectedness

Cite This Paper in IEEE or APA Citation Styles
(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Yelena Mkhitaryan , Loretta Bazikyan , "On Structure and Semantics of Reflexive Constructions in English," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 4, No. 6, pp. 428 - 432, 2016. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2016.040606.

(b). APA Format:
Yelena Mkhitaryan , Loretta Bazikyan (2016). On Structure and Semantics of Reflexive Constructions in English. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 4(6), 428 - 432. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2016.040606.