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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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Agreement with Multiple Sources

Agreement with Multiple Sources

(p.181) 14 Agreement with Multiple Sources

Chris Collins

Paul M. Postal

The MIT Press

The φ-feature values of a given non-expletive pronominal is expected to match the φ-feature values of some single determiner phrase with which it agrees. The matching would be with the values of a single source, but this assumed state of affairs, dubbed source uniqueness, is in no sense logically necessary. This chapter demonstrates that source uniqueness is factually untenable and how a single pronoun can be made to agree with multiple sources in different φ-features. It also discusses the pronominal agreement, camouflage and gender agreement, the concept of number attraction, the plurality of ultimate antecedents, and coordination involving pronominal agreement and determiner phrases.

Keywords:   φ-features, source uniqueness, pronoun, sources, pronominal agreement, camouflage, gender agreement, ultimate antecedents, coordination, determiner phrases

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