Cross-Linguistic Studies of Imposters and Pronominal Agreement

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Imposters are third person DPs that are used to refer to the speaker/writer or addressee, such as :(i) Your humble servant finds the time before our next encounter very long.(ii) This reporter thinks that the current developments are extraordinary.(iii) Daddy will be back before too long.(iv) The present author finds the logic of the reply faulty.This volume explores verbal and pronominal agreement with imposters from a cross-linguistic perspective. The central questions for any given language are: (a) How do singular and plural imposters agree with the verb? (b) When a pronoun has an imposter antecedent, what are the phi-features of thepronoun? The volume reveals a remarkable degree of variation in the answers to these questions, but also reveals some underlying generalizations. The contributions describe imposters in Bangla, Spanish, Albanian, Indonesian, Italian, French, Romanian, Mandarin and Icelandic.

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Imposters are third person DPs that are used to refer to the speaker/writer or addressee, such as :(i) Your humble servant finds the time before our next encounter very long.(ii) This reporter thinks that the current developments are extraordinary.(iii) Daddy will be back before too long.(iv) The present author finds the logic of the r...

Chris Collins is a professor in the Department of Linguistics at New York University. He received his Ph.D. in linguistics from MIT in 1993. He specializes syntactic theory, including the syntax of English and the syntax of African languages.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 16, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Chris Collins: Introduction2. Satarupa Das: (Il)-licit Pronoun-Antecedent Relations in Bangla3. Rachel Dudley: Spanish Imposters and Verbal Agreement4. Dalina Kallulli: Some Observations on Imposters in Albanian5. Daniel Kaufman: The Syntax of Indonesian Imposters6. Emilio Servidio: Imposters and Secondary Sources in Italian7. Gabriela Soare: Person Imposters: The View from Two Romance Languages8. Arthur Wang: Mandarin Pseudo-Imposters9. Jim Wood and Einar Freyr Sigursson: Icelandic Verbal Agreement and Pronoun-Antecedent Relations10. Violeta Vazquez Rojas: Indefinite Imposters