Article published in:Generative Linguistics and Acquisition: Studies in honor of Nina M. Hyams
Edited by Misha Becker, John Grinstead and Jason Rothman
[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 54] 2013
► pp. 157–184
Pronouns vs. definite descriptions
This paper looks at an approach to Principle C in which the disjoint reference effect triggered by definite description arises because there is a preference for using bound pronouns in those cases. Philippe Schlenker has linked this approach to the idea that the NP part of a definite description should be the most minimal relative to a certain communicative goal. On a popular view about what the syntax and semantics of a personal pronoun is, that should have the effect of favoring a pronoun over a definite description. It requires, however, a way of distinguishing bound pronouns from non-bound pronouns, and the paper makes a proposal about how these two kinds of pronouns can be distinguished in the way needed. The resulting view of Principle C is then used to give a reanalysis of “Vehicle Change” effects and explain a puzzle about its acquisition.
Published online: 18 April 2013
Cited by other publications
This list is based on CrossRef data as of 21 december 2020. 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.