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Article: How different are expletive and referential pronouns? A parsing perspective

TitleHow different are expletive and referential pronouns? A parsing perspective
Authors
KeywordsContext-dependence
Expletive
Incrementality
Place-holder
Pronoun
Referential
Issue Date2010
PublisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/lingua
Citation
Lingua, 2010, v. 120 n. 7, p. 1805-1820 How to Cite?
AbstractAn expletive use of the third person pronoun ta in Mandarin Chinese poses a number of theoretical challenges which have not been met satisfactorily by existing analyses. In this paper we propose a unitary analysis of expletive and referential uses of the pronoun within the framework of Dynamic Syntax (Kempson et al., 2001; Cann et al., 2005). Since the distinction between the different uses of the same pronominal form is determined only by looking at the context that involves both local and external linguistic content, ta can be treated uniformly as a place-holder projecting an interim value which is contextually provided. While the referential pronoun takes its value from an antecedent, the expletive takes its value from a postverbal indefinite expression. Both processes are pragmatic in nature, in that the content of different types of pronouns, though underspecified by their form, is enriched from context. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/123930
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.844
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.768
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dc.contributor.authorMatthews, Sen_HK
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dc.date.issued2010en_HK
dc.identifier.citationLingua, 2010, v. 120 n. 7, p. 1805-1820en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0024-3841en_HK
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dc.description.abstractAn expletive use of the third person pronoun ta in Mandarin Chinese poses a number of theoretical challenges which have not been met satisfactorily by existing analyses. In this paper we propose a unitary analysis of expletive and referential uses of the pronoun within the framework of Dynamic Syntax (Kempson et al., 2001; Cann et al., 2005). Since the distinction between the different uses of the same pronominal form is determined only by looking at the context that involves both local and external linguistic content, ta can be treated uniformly as a place-holder projecting an interim value which is contextually provided. While the referential pronoun takes its value from an antecedent, the expletive takes its value from a postverbal indefinite expression. Both processes are pragmatic in nature, in that the content of different types of pronouns, though underspecified by their form, is enriched from context. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/linguaen_HK
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dc.rightsLingua. Copyright © Elsevier BV.-
dc.subjectContext-dependenceen_HK
dc.subjectExpletiveen_HK
dc.subjectIncrementalityen_HK
dc.subjectPlace-holderen_HK
dc.subjectPronounen_HK
dc.subjectReferentialen_HK
dc.titleHow different are expletive and referential pronouns? A parsing perspectiveen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailWu, Y: yicheng@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailMatthews, S: matthews@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.lingua.2009.11.005en_HK
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