Ash Asudeh |
Institute of Cognitive Science & School of Linguistics and Language Studies, Carleton University
Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, University of Oxford and Jesus College
This paper presents a unified theory of resumptive pronouns, based on the Resource Management Theory of Resumption. It identifies a common basis for puzzlingly different resumptive pronouns in languages such as Irish, in which resumptive pronouns do not behave syntactically like gaps (syntactically active resumptives), versus languages such as Vata, in which resumptive pronouns do behave syntactically like gaps (syntactically inactive resumptives). The Resource Management Theory of Resumption is based on the Resource Sensitivity Hypothesis, which holds that natural language is resource-sensitive – as captured through the use of a resource logic for semantic composition – and the empirical observation that resumptive pronouns are morpho-lexically ordinary pronouns – languages do not employ special paradigms or special items in resumptive-only uses. The unification of the two kinds of resumption is captured in semantic composition, but Vata-type resumptives also involve an additional syntactic mechanism, which is captured through an operation on feature-value pairs in a constraint-based, non-transformational theory of syntax.
2022. Glue Semantics. Annual Review of Linguistics 8:1 ► pp. 321 ff.
Dalrymple, Mary, John J. Lowe & Louise Mycock
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2019. The Clause‐Mate Condition on Resumption: Evidence from Kaqchikel. Studia Linguistica 73:2 ► pp. 398 ff.
Morgan, Adam Milton & Matthew W. Wagers
2018. English Resumptive Pronouns Are More Common Where Gaps Are Less Acceptable. Linguistic Inquiry 49:4 ► pp. 861 ff.
2023. The de-construction in Wenzhounese: how it differs from the bǎ-construction in Mandarin. Journal of East Asian Linguistics 32:3 ► pp. 303 ff.
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2015. References. In Lexical‐Functional Syntax, ► pp. 464 ff.
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