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Primary and donkey anaphora

Pieter A. M. Seuren

in The Logic of Language

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199559480
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191721144 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559480.003.0009

Series: Language from Within

 Primary and donkey anaphora

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Anaphora is more than the replacement of a lexical NP by a pronoun. Anaphora resolution may require an analysis in terms of the language of quantification. Some anaphors (the ‘donkey’ anaphors) even require a discourse‐structure analysis. The problem goes back to Walter Burleigh (14th century) and was taken up again by Geach. It is shown how the various forms of donkey anaphora are solved in terms of discourse semantics. An algorithm is proposed for the fixing of anaphoric reference in discourse.

Keywords: address closure; anaphora; Walter Burleigh; donkey anaphora as instance of primary anaphora; Geach; primary anaphora; internal and external anaphora

Chapter.  11266 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Semantics

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