Natural Language Semantics

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The interpretation of the logophoric pronoun in Ewe

  • Hazel PearsonEmail author
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This paper presents novel data regarding the logophoric pronoun in Ewe. We show that, contrary to what had been assumed in the absence of the necessary fieldwork, Ewe logophors are not obligatorily interpreted de se. We discuss the prima facie rather surprising nature of this discovery given the assumptions that de se construals arise via binding of the pronoun by an abstraction operator in the left periphery of the clausal complement of an attitude predicate, and that logophors are elements that are obligatorily bound by such abstractors. We show that this approach can be reconciled with these facts given the additional assumption that elements that are ‘de se’ bound can interact with the concept generator variables posited by Percus and Sauerland (Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 7, 2003a; Proceedings of NELS 33, 2003b) to derive de re interpretations of embedded nominals. The proposed set-up has consequences for our understanding of puzzles raised by Heim and Sharvit concerning binding-theoretic effects with de re elements, and for the derivation of the obligatorily de se interpretation of controlled PRO.


Attitudes de se Attitudes de re Logophoric pronouns Crosslinguistic semantics Obligatory control Ewe 


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  1. 1.Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Schützenstrasse 18, 10117BerlinGermany

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