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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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Notional versus Syntactic Views of Imposters

Notional versus Syntactic Views of Imposters

(p.9) 2 Notional versus Syntactic Views of Imposters

Chris Collins

Paul M. Postal

The MIT Press

There are two competing views to explain imposters: the notional view and the syntactic view. According to the notional view, imposters are just regular third person determiner phrases (DPs) as far as their syntax is concerned. The syntactic view considers imposters a class of DPs with a distinctive syntax that accounts for their non-third person denotations. More precisely, imposters have first or second person denotations because their grammatical structure incorporates only first or second person forms. Imposters incorporate exactly the kind of DPs that have such denotations in non-imposter cases, that is, first or second person pronominals.

Keywords:   notional view, syntactic view, determiner phrases, syntax, pronominals, grammatical structure

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