Remarks on Coreference 1976

  • Howard Lasnik
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 16)


One of the more persistent topics in recent grammatical research has been that of pronominial coreference. Linguists have gained important insights into the syntax of pronouns and into the structural conditions permitting coreference. In this paper, I will examine two important approaches to these problems, the transformational and the interpretive, and show various formal and empirical difficulties encountered by each. In the course of this examination, I will sketch an alternative theory of personal pronouns that appears to be simpler and more descriptively adequate.


Noun Phrase Lexical Item Definite Description Personal Pronoun Evening Star 
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  1. 8.
    For a survey of some recalcitrant cases see Lakoff (1968), Postal (1972). especially Wasow (1972, Chap. 4).Google Scholar
  2. 11.
    See Lasnik (1972) for arguments that the scope of negation is assigned cyclically.Google Scholar

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