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Homogeneity

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/9780262016889.003.0012
Homogeneity

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This chapter examines homogeneity, a property of collections of pronominal occurrences related by antecedence. To illustrate homogeneity, it considers a sentence with two separate pronominals, each with the same imposter as an antecedent (although the two may not have the same immediate antecedent). It shows that there are cases where a plural imposter can antecede either third or first person pronominals, and that pronominal occurrences with the same ultimate antecedent are homogeneous. It also offers a revised version of the homogeneity principle and illustrates how extraction of a constituent containing a pronominal gives rise to grammaticality judgments that differ from those of the unextracted versions. Finally, the chapter considers antecedence versus coindexing of determiner phrases.

Keywords: homogeneity; antecedence; pronominals; extraction; grammaticality; imposter; coindexing; determiner phrases

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Subjects: Language Teaching and Learning

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