Edited by Aslı Gürer, Dilek Uygun-Gökmen and Balkız Öztürk
[Studies in Language Companion Series 215] 2020
► pp. 155–190
In Turkish plural pronoun constructions, plural pronouns can receive a singular interpretation, which constitutes a challenge for semantic compositionality. The question is whether this is due to the internal structure of plural pronouns, or whether the issue arises as a byproduct of the syntactic configuration. Earlier accounts tend to blame the problem on the syntax/semantics of plural pronouns. Nevertheless, the fact that it exclusively arises in plural pronoun constructions suggests to the contrary. This study adopts a φP account of Number, and proposes that inclusive plural pronouns result from the mechanism by which the coordinated DP acquires its φ-features. This is demonstrated to explain a number of puzzling properties of plural pronoun constructions that are otherwise left unaccounted for.