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Imposters: A Study of Pronominal Agreement

Chris Collins and Paul M. Postal


Normally, a speaker uses a first person singular pronoun (in English, I, me, mine, myself) to refer to himself or herself. To refer to a single addressee, a speaker uses second person pronouns (you, yours, yourself). But sometimes third person nonpronominal determiner phrases (DPs) are used to refer to the speaker—for example, this reporter, yours truly, or to the addressee: my lord, the baroness, Madam (Is Madam not feeling well?). This book refers to these DPs as imposters because their third person exterior hides a first or second person core. It studies the interactions of imposters with a ... More

Keywords: addressee, pronouns, determiner phrases, pronominal agreement, coordinate structures, Principle C, epithets, fake indexicals, homogeneity, anaphora

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780262016889
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016889.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Collins, author

Paul M. Postal, author