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Daniel Harbour

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034739

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034739.001.0001

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The Partition Problem

The Partition Problem

(p.39) 3 The Partition Problem
Impossible Persons

Daniel Harbour

The MIT Press

With the previous chapter having established that partitions are the correct object of fundamental inquiry for the theory of person, the current chapter presents the partition chapter in its most general form: essentially, why only five of fifteen (or more) possible partitions are attested. This empirical basis of the problem involves person partitions of all sizes as well as person-related partitions also of spatial deixis (spaces, objects, paths).

Keywords:   person, partitions, pronoun, agreement, spatial deixis, paths, object deixis

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