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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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Pronominal Agreement

Pronominal Agreement

(p.89) 7 Pronominal Agreement

Chris Collins

Paul M. Postal

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on a novel conception of pronominal agreement that provides the basis for the agreement determined in several imposter and camouflage constructions. The traditional view implies that pronominal agreement is based on the relation between a pair of elements, source and pronominal target, with the source having a set of properties derivatively matched by the target. In the alternative view, pronominal agreement (and perhaps other types of agreement) is constructed in part on the so-called secondary source relation holding between determiner phrases (DPs). In many cases, notably imposters and camouflage cases, a pronominal will agree with a distinct DP that is its ultimate antecedent, rather than with its immediate antecedent. The immediate antecedent of a pronoun is its primary source and the ultimate antecedent its secondary source. The chapter also looks at chains of antecedents mediated by backward control.

Keywords:   pronominal agreement, imposters, camouflage constructions, secondary source, determiner phrases, antecedents, pronoun, primary source, backward control

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