Null Complement Anaphors as Definite Descriptions

Alexander Williams

Abstract


This paper develops the observation that, for many predicates, Null Complement Anaphora (NCA) is like anaphora with a descriptively empty definite description (Condoravdi & Gawron 1996, Gauker 2012). I consider how to distinguish this sort of NCA from pronouns theoretically, and then observe an unnoticed exception to the pattern. For verbs like "notice", NCA is neither like a definite description nor like a pronoun, raising a new puzzle of how to represent it

Keywords


null complement anaphora, implicit arguments, definite descriptions, pronouns

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/salt.v22i0.2646

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