Article published in:Linguistics in the Netherlands 2012
Edited by Marion Elenbaas and Suzanne Aalberse
[Linguistics in the Netherlands 29] 2012
► pp. 68–81
Obviation properties of the d-pronoun in Dutch
The present paper discusses a decisive difference in Dutch between the d(emonstrative)-pronoun and the p(ersonal)-pronoun. The d-pronoun is a grammatical device for focus-to-topic-shift. Van Kampen (2010) derived this from two properties of the d-pronoun , neither of them present in the p-pronoun. (i) The d-pronoun obviates as antecedent all arguments except the first preceding focus. (ii) The d-pronoun introduces the new topic of its sentence. The present paper derives three other properties of the d-pronoun. The d-pronoun allows a bound variable reading in certain complex CPs (Section 2). A d-pronoun in a temporal adjunct CP can bind a quantifier in the matrix CP , but it does not do so in non-temporal adjunct CPs (Section 3), nor in complement CPs (Section 4). Since the d-pronoun is not only an anaphor locally bound by the first preceding focus , but also a discourse anaphor , it invites a reconsideration of the notion ‘bound anaphor’ in the Binding Theory.
Keywords: Dutch d-pronoun, focus-to-topic-shift, X-bar stress assignment, bound variable reading, tense quantification, Binding Theory, A-bar pronoun
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Published online: 02 November 2012