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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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The Structure of Imposters

The Structure of Imposters

(p.47) 5 The Structure of Imposters

Chris Collins

Paul M. Postal

The MIT Press

Although imposters have a non-pronominal morphological form, they might also be pronominal if they have antecedents. Specifically, first person imposters have author as their ultimate antecedent, whereas second person imposters have addressee. This chapter argues that recognition of (non-third person) antecedents for imposters can provide an account of both their third person and their non-third person properties. It also claims that first person imposters share the possibility of being antecedents of first person pronominals for the same reason that standard first person pronominals both have author as their ultimate antecedent. After providing an overview of the relations between imposters and precursors, the chapter discusses the antecedence properties of precursors and imposters as well as the so-called reversal of asymmetry.

Keywords:   imposters, antecedents, pronominals, precursors, antecedence, reversal of asymmetry, author, addressee

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