A speaker normally refers to himself or herself using first person singular pronominals such as I, me, my, mine, or myself. To refer to a single addressee, a speaker uses second person singular pronouns such as you, your, yours, or yourself. However, third person nonpronominal determiner phrases (DPs) are sometimes used to refer to the speaker, such as this reporter or yours truly. These DPs are termed “imposters,” the grammatical status of which is the subject of this book. In particular, the book shows that imposters have a more complex syntactic structure than any DPs they may be homophonous with. Imposter expressions such as yours truly denote the speaker, whose forms are distinct from those of ordinary third person DPs. All English imposters determine third person verbal agreement. The book offers examples to illustrate the wide scope of the imposter phenomenon in English.
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