Natural Language Semantics

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 285–298 | Cite as

Donkey Demonstratives

  • Barbara Abbott


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.


Formal Analysis Strong Reading Donkey Sentence Donkey Pronoun 
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  • Barbara Abbott
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  1. 1.Linguistics and LanguagesMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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