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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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Imposters as Antecedents

Imposters as Antecedents

(p.15) 3 Imposters as Antecedents

Chris Collins

Paul M. Postal

The MIT Press

The notional view implies that imposters are syntactically unexceptional third person determiner phrases (DPs), with only unexpected non-third person meanings or uses. Based on this assumption, the imposter and non-imposter uses of this reporter would have identical syntactic structures. This chapter examines how this conclusion would interact with the existence of the syntactic relation between DPs known as antecedence—the relation holding between the pairs of italicized phrases and commonly represented by coindexing. It considers instances where pronominals with imposter antecedents behave for a third person DP. It also looks at non-third person pronouns, singular imposters, and Principle B effects.

Keywords:   notional view, imposters, determiner phrases, antecedence, pronouns, pronominals, Principle B effects, antecedents

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