3V0917.1

3V0917.01 Egocentricity and agent expression: very non-standard usage (7/27/80)

At the beach: On their return, Peggy informed me of an event that was
important to her(She has referred to it several times since, in nearly
the same verbal formulation): “Go to the beach the beach and fall in
the water, then somebody pick me up, Mommy.”

The egocentricity of this speech is striking. The first subject (I, Peggy)
is assumed. The second is, at first, only vaguely specified as
“somebody” – though Mommy is as well known to her as anybody else
in the world. (cf. talk by John Ross: egocentrality as a semantic
universa].

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