Person (definition)

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Person refers to the perspective of the participant described by a noun phrase or pronoun in a sentence.

  • First person refers to the speaker or a group with the speaker. In English, I, me, we or us. In Gaelic, mi & sinn
  • Second person refers to the party being addressed. In English you. In Gaelic thu, tu, or sibh
  • Third person refers to any other noun phrase. In English, he, him, her, she, it, they, them, and any other noun phrase like the dog, the clouds etc. In Gaelic: e, i, iAd and any other noun phrase.

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  • Crystal, David. A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. The language library. Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 1997.