Coargument Coconstrual and the Varieties of Dependent Identity

Ken Safir

in The Syntax of Anaphora

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195166132
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788460 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

 Coargument Coconstrual and the Varieties of Dependent Identity

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This chapter explores coargument coconstrual relations and the varieties of dependent identity relations, including guise and proxy readings. It is shown that different dependent forms participate in competitions differently based on the conditions on interpretation that hold of them, such that some reflexives do permit proxy readings and others do not. Certain counterexamples to complementary distribution — cases where there appear to be no successful competing forms — are cases where an independent principle on coargument interpretations does not permit a possible successful outcome. Inherent reflexives and the relations they represent are explored.

Keywords: inherent reflexives; proxy readings; coargument coconstruals; dependent identity

Chapter.  20507 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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