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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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Crosslinguistic Variation in Pronominal Agreement

Crosslinguistic Variation in Pronominal Agreement

(p.225) 19 Crosslinguistic Variation in Pronominal Agreement

Chris Collins

Paul M. Postal

The MIT Press

This chapter reviews some crosslinguistic evidence that shows how pronominals agree with imposters. It suggests that languages divide into two groups depending on how pronominal agreement with imposters works. Specifically, it proposes a parameter for pronominal agreement in which an imposter A immediately antecedes a pronominal P, focusing on examples from Mandarin and Indonesian. It then compares Mandarin and Indonesian imposters with ass-camouflage construction determiner phrases.

Keywords:   pronominals, imposters, languages, pronominal agreement, Mandarin, Indonesian, ass-camouflage construction, determiner phrases

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