Chapter

Epithets

Chris Collins and Paul M. Postal

in Imposters

Published by The MIT Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780262016889
Published online August 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780262301633 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7551/mitpress/9780262016889.003.0011
Epithets

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This chapter compares imposters and camouflage determiner phrases (DPs) with epithets (for example, the fool and the idiot). The values of epithets are typically determined by their antecedents. And just like imposters, epithets might well be non-pronominal DPs that take antecedents. In this case, however, antecedents cannot be first or second person imposters. In their incompatibility with imposter antecedents, epithets contrast with third person pronouns that can take imposter antecedents. The chapter discusses the constraint related to the ultimate antecedents of epithets and the Principle C phenomenon.

Keywords: imposters; determiner phrases; epithets; pronominals; antecedents; pronouns; ultimate antecedents; Principle C; constraint

Chapter.  2059 words. 

Subjects: Language Teaching and Learning

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