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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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Camouflage Revisited

Camouflage Revisited

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Chris Collins

Paul M. Postal

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This chapter examines social hierarchy camouflage construction (SHCC) and considers the alternation between second and third person pronominal possessors. After comparing the SHCC situation (Your Majesty) with ass-camouflage construction (ACC) in African American English (your ass), it explores the nature of the relevant constraint in the variant of English that allows the ACC and shows that it is a special case of a much more general restriction on the interaction of agreeing forms with ACC determiner phrases. It also looks at the existence of two different sources for the φ-feature values of the pronominal possessor and concludes with a discussion of the Homogeneity Principle.

Keywords:   social hierarchy camouflage construction, pronominal possessors, ass-camouflage construction, African American English, determiner phrases, sources, Homogeneity Principle

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