Antipronominality and E-Type Pronouns
Juliet Stanton
February 2017

Certain syntactic contexts in English permit the use of a full noun phrase, but prohibit the use of a referential pronoun ('antipronominal contexts', Postal 1998). This paper focuses on the novel observation that E-Type pronouns, unlike referential pronouns, can occur in these contexts. I argue that this contrast is due to a structural difference between referential and E-Type pronouns, contra Elbourne (2005: 122-126). If referential pronouns are nothing but bare determiners (following Abney 1987 and others), and E-Type pronouns are syntactically and semantically identical to their antecedents at LF (following Elbourne 2005), then Stanton’s (2016) analysis of antipronominal contexts renders the contrast between the two types of pronoun predictable.
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Reference: lingbuzz/003329
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Published in: In C. Halpert, H. Kotek, and C. van Urk (eds.), A pesky set: A festschrift for David Pesetsky. COMMENTS WELCOME!
keywords: antipronominal contexts, e-type pronouns, semantics, syntax
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