Natural Language Semantics

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 285–298

Donkey Demonstratives

Authors

  • Barbara Abbott
    • Linguistics and LanguagesMichigan State University
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1022141232323

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Abbott, B. Natural Language Semantics (2002) 10: 285. doi:10.1023/A:1022141232323
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Abstract

Donkey pronouns (e.g., it in Every farmer who owns a donkey beats it) are argued to have an interpretation more similar to a demonstrative phrase (e.g., . . . beats that donkey) than to any of the other alternatives generally considered (e.g., . . . the donkey(s) he owns, . . . a donkey he owns). Like the demonstrative phrase, the pronoun is not equivalent to Evans' E-type paraphrase, nor to either the weak or the strong reading sometimes claimed for donkey sentences. A consequence is to narrow the range of formal analyses.

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