1. The grammatical category of forms that designate one, such as a speaker or writer, referring to oneself. Examples of forms in the first person include English pronouns such as I and we and Spanish verb forms such as hablo “I speak.”
2. A discourse or literary style in which the narrator recounts personal experiences or impressions using such forms: a novel written in the first person.
3. A perspective in a video or computer game that shows only what a character would see.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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