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1996. ” American Speech 71: 339–388. Myhill, John and Smith, Laura A. 1995. ” In Modality in Grammar and Discourse, Joan Bybee and Suzanne Fleischman (eds), 239–292. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Pavlidou, Theodossia-Soula. 2012. ” In Subjectivity in Language and in Discourse, Nicole Baumgarten, Inke Du Bois and Juliane House (eds), 33–65. Leiden: Brill. Quirk, Randolph, Greenbaum, Sidney, Leech, Geoffrey and Svartvik, Jan. 1985. A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. London: Longman.

111–138. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Functions of we-utterances in American English interactions  Sherzer, Joel. 1987. ” American Anthropologist, New Series 89: 295–309. Silverstein, Michael. 1976. ” In Meaning in Anthropology, Keith H. Basso and Henry A. Selby (eds), 11–55. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. Silverstein, Michael. 1998. ” In Language Ideologies: Practice and Theory, Bambi B. Schieffelin, Kathryn A. Woolard and Paul V. Kroskrity (eds), 123–145. New York: Oxford University Press.

These utterances are frequently used by interactants to report on their past activities in association with others, in the same ways (formally and functionally) that interactants construct conversational narratives using first person singular utterances. Moreover, the frequent, often implicit, indexing of these common collectivities with we highlights and Functions of we-utterances in American English interactions  reproduces normative relationships between individuals and social institutions in the larger culture.

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