Testing accessibility: A cross-linguistic comparison of the syntax of referring expressions

Jacopo Torregrossa, Christiane Bongartz, Ianthi Maria Tsimpli

Abstract


Focusing on the discourse conditions that license the use of null subjects (pro) in Greek and Italian, this paper shows that the distribution of referring expressions (RE, e.g., overt and null pronoun, clitic, definite description, etc.) does not only depend on the referents’ discourse status (alias accessibility). Syntactic constraints play an important role too.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/exabs.v0i0.3046