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ImpostersA Study of Pronominal Agreement$
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Chris Collins and Paul M. Postal

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016889

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016889.001.0001

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(p.135) 11 Epithets

Chris Collins

Paul M. Postal

The MIT Press

This chapter compares imposters and camouflage determiner phrases (DPs) with epithets (for example, the fool and the idiot). The values of epithets are typically determined by their antecedents. And just like imposters, epithets might well be non-pronominal DPs that take antecedents. In this case, however, antecedents cannot be first or second person imposters. In their incompatibility with imposter antecedents, epithets contrast with third person pronouns that can take imposter antecedents. The chapter discusses the constraint related to the ultimate antecedents of epithets and the Principle C phenomenon.

Keywords:   imposters, determiner phrases, epithets, pronominals, antecedents, pronouns, ultimate antecedents, Principle C, constraint

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