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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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Pronominal Imposters

Pronominal Imposters

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(p.217) 18 Pronominal Imposters
Source:
Imposters
Author(s):

Chris Collins

Paul M. Postal

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016889.003.0018

An imposter is defined as a notionally X person determiner phrase that is grammatically a Y person. Based on this definition, pronouns anteceded by imposter determiner phrases are also imposters. However, there are cases that raise the question of whether any pronouns having no imposter antecedents are pronominal imposters. This chapter looks at possible cases of pronominal imposters. It focuses on one example in which the first person plural pronoun we can be used by a nurse to denote a single patient he or she is addressing. The chapter also discusses the Pronominal Agreement Condition.

Keywords:   pronouns, determiner phrases, imposters, antecedents, pronominal imposters, Pronominal Agreement Condition

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