Pronominal Reference to Proper Names in Compounds

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Dokumentart: ConferenceObject
Date: 2019-07-31
Language: English
Faculty: 5 Philosophische Fakultät
Department: Allgemeine u. vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft
DDC Classifikation: 400 - Language and Linguistics
420 - English and Old English
Other Keywords:
proper names
pronominal reference
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Pronominal reference to the non-head element of a compound (e.g., „truck“ in “truck driver”) has previously been reported to be ungrammatical. In this paper, we hypothesize that the grammatical status of proper names may make them more acceptable as a non-head referent to a pronoun. However, our experimental results fail to provide support for any ban on pronoun reference to non-heads, regardless of whether they are proper names or common nouns.

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