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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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(p.229) 20 Conclusion

Chris Collins

Paul M. Postal

The MIT Press

It has been assumed that a pronominal agrees with its antecedent, but this book has shown that determining pronominal φ-feature values is actually a complex issue involving a number of different principles. The book has argued for the Pronominal Agreement Condition and has offered a syntactic account of pronominal alternations involving imposters and camouflage determiner phrases. It has also presented data, generalizations, and syntactic mechanisms that place important boundary conditions on any eventually successful semantic theory of pronominal anaphora. In addition, it has debunked the notion that the value of a pronoun is determined only by a contextually determined assignment function in the absence of an antecedent. This conclusion is supported by data that also involve pronominal agreement with the φ-features of ghosted antecedents.

Keywords:   Pronominal Agreement Condition, imposters, determiner phrases, semantic theory, anaphora, pronoun, assignment, pronominal agreement, φ-features, antecedents

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