Coreference between singular epicenes and the plural pronoun
This corpus-based study examines the resolution of coreference between formally singular epicene antecedents and their anaphoric pronouns within the framework of Cognitive Grammar. These antecedents are expected to most directly evoke a singular conceptual entity, and, consequently, coreference is assumed to be most effectively established by using a singular pronoun, whereas the plural anaphor would have to be accounted for by metonymic antecedence. Yet, the high frequency of they found in the study suggests that epicene generics are predominantly conceptualized as referring to plural entities, despite their morphological singularity. This conceptual plurality proves to be salient enough to persist even if the gender of the referent(s) is known. Finally, a small portion of tokens evincing coreference between notionally singular antecedents and they can only be accounted for by acknowledging that the anaphor actively contributes information to its anchor, thus refuting the claim that pronouns merely resume their antecedents.
Cited by 1 other publications
. Subject expression in L2 Spanish: Convergence of generative and usage-based perspectives?
. Second Language Research
pp. 33 ff.
This list is based on CrossRef data as of 20 november 2023. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers.
Any errors therein should be reported to them.