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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.141) 12 Homogeneity

Chris Collins

Paul M. Postal

The MIT Press

This chapter examines homogeneity, a property of collections of pronominal occurrences related by antecedence. To illustrate homogeneity, it considers a sentence with two separate pronominals, each with the same imposter as an antecedent (although the two may not have the same immediate antecedent). It shows that there are cases where a plural imposter can antecede either third or first person pronominals, and that pronominal occurrences with the same ultimate antecedent are homogeneous. It also offers a revised version of the homogeneity principle and illustrates how extraction of a constituent containing a pronominal gives rise to grammaticality judgments that differ from those of the unextracted versions. Finally, the chapter considers antecedence versus coindexing of determiner phrases.

Keywords:   homogeneity, antecedence, pronominals, extraction, grammaticality, imposter, coindexing, determiner phrases

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