De Dicto Omnibus, or How to control PRO
Dominique Sportiche
March 2020

A study of the behavior of obligatorily or non obligatorily controlled PRO yields the conclusion that PRO and its antecedent must be intensionally identical for the (unique) thinker whose attitude report is the smallest such report including the control relation, the de dicto omnibus requirement. This behavior is uniform in all cases of obligatorily and non obligatorily control.The mandatory de te and de se readings found in obligatory control constructions under attitude control predicates and, as shown, also in some non obligatory control cases, is argued not to be due to lexical properties of attitude predicates, unlike in all prevalent accounts, and is instead reduced to subcases of this de dicto omnibus requirement. The existence of these readings is attributed to that of particular descriptions that attitude holders must have, as a matter of cognitive necessity, of themselves and others in relation to the content of their thoughts. Finally, the de dicto omnibus property is directly attributed to the control relation defi ned as involving not just referential dependence but concept identity.
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keywords: pro, control, obligatory control, non obligatory control, de se, semantics, syntax
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