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- The condition or state of being a subject.
- These gendered constructions of subjecthood are explored in more detail in Chapter two of this book.
- (linguistics) The condition or state of a word or expression, such as a noun phrase, being the subject of a sentence.
1980 December, Peter Cole, Wayne Harbert, Gabriella Hermon & S. N. Sridhar, “The Acquisition of Subjecthood”, in Language, volume 56, number 4, pages 719-743:
- We are especially concerned here with the question of whether certain kinds of properties associated with subjecthood are acquired prior to other kinds of properties.
1991, Croft, William, “Syntactic Methodology and Universal Grammar”, in Syntactic Categories and Grammatical Relations, ISBN 9780226120904, page 11:
- One of the best-known examples of this method of argumentation applied to problems of universal grammar is the analysis of ergativity and subjecthood in Anderson (1976), a paper notable for its attention to data from a large number of languages and its continuing importance.
- (political science) The condition or state of a person being a subject of a nation or a monarch.
1998, Vincenzi, Christopher, “From Subjecthood to Citizenship”, in Crown Powers, Subjects and Citizens, ISBN 9781855675391, page 301:
- Subjecthood emphasizes obedience. Citizenship, on the other hand, recognizes moral obligations to other members of the community and emphasizes responsiveness and participation.
2010, Banerjee, Sukanya, “Introduction”, in Becoming Imperial Citizens: Indians in the Late-Victorian Empire, ISBN 9780822391982, page 25:
- But that should not be confused or conflated with citizenship, for, according to Jebb, "citizenship includes subjecthood, but subjecthood does not include citizenship."
- (of a nation): citizenship