Not every pronoun is always a pronoun

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A homonymy analysis is proposed to explain the so-called “demonstrative use” of personal pronouns. This analysis explains why some pronouns (it) do
not allow a demonstrative use, as demonstrated in Nunberg (1993). The absence of a
demonstrative feature in it can also account for the fact that it does not allow
deferred reference. It is argued on the basis of the structure of the nominal
demonstrative paradigm that the homonymy analysis is more parsimonious than a
single-item analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1027-1050
Number of pages24
JournalLinguistics and Philosophy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023


  • Deferred reference
  • Demonstrative use
  • Demonstratives
  • Distributed morphology
  • Pronouns


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