This contribution aims at clarifying the role of Person at the interface between syntax and the interpretive systems. We argue that first-person interpretations of third-person pronouns (de se readings) stem from the option of leaving the referential index underspecified on the pronoun, thus accounting for the interplay of this phenomenon with the anaphoric usage of first-person indexicals (pronoun-shifting) and logophoric pronouns. The results include proposals on the connection between the semantics of first-person and the syntax of the left-periphery, a neo-Davidsonian treatment of the semantics of first-person indexicals, and a novel view of pronominal anaphora according to which Higginbotham’s asymmetric relation of ‘linking’ involves a mechanism of thematic role inheritance tied to the semantics of first-person

Person features and pronominal anaphora

DELFITTO, Denis;
2011

Abstract

This contribution aims at clarifying the role of Person at the interface between syntax and the interpretive systems. We argue that first-person interpretations of third-person pronouns (de se readings) stem from the option of leaving the referential index underspecified on the pronoun, thus accounting for the interplay of this phenomenon with the anaphoric usage of first-person indexicals (pronoun-shifting) and logophoric pronouns. The results include proposals on the connection between the semantics of first-person and the syntax of the left-periphery, a neo-Davidsonian treatment of the semantics of first-person indexicals, and a novel view of pronominal anaphora according to which Higginbotham’s asymmetric relation of ‘linking’ involves a mechanism of thematic role inheritance tied to the semantics of first-person
tratti grammaticali; pronomi indessicali; interfaccia sintassi-semantica
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