Competitive Narrowing and Morphological Form

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

 Competitive Narrowing and Morphological Form

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This chapter discusses competitive narrowing and morphological form, showing that the inherent properties of a pronoun or anaphor may determine its distribution in part by determining what competitions it enters into, but that the full distribution of a given form will expand or contract depending on the forms it competes with. Several case studies are examined where it is demonstrated that the inherent properties of anaphors and pronouns underdetermine their distributions. A partial typology of anaphoric forms is offered based on their pronominal or relational properties and the semantic atoms on which they are based.

Keywords: competitive narrowing; pronominal anaphors; relational anaphors; typology; morphology

Chapter.  21875 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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