Article published in:The Linguistics Enterprise: From knowledge of language to knowledge in linguistics
Edited by Martin B.H. Everaert, Tom Lentz, Hannah N.M. De Mulder, Øystein Nilsen and Arjen Zondervan
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 150] 2010
► pp. 257–282
Minimal versus not so minimal pronouns
Feature transmission, feature deletion, and the role of economy in the language system
In this article I start out from Kratzer’s (2006) observation that a bound variable interpretation of German 1st and 2nd person (possessive) pronouns shows locality effects. I show how the approach based on syntactic chain formation developed in Reuland (2001, 2005a) resolves a general empirical problem in Kratzer’s theory, while retaining the essence of her insight. I further show that the special interface condition on pronominal feature specification proposed by Kratzer is unnecessary. A general economy approach governing the division of labour between components of the language system is presented, which also subsumes Rule I as modified in Reinhart (2000, 2006).
Published online: 13 January 2010
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