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LINGUIST List 19.1535

Sat May 10 2008

Qs: Languages That Use Copies as Anaphors?

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        1.    Felicia Lee, Languages That Use Copies as Anaphors?

Message 1: Languages That Use Copies as Anaphors?
Date: 08-May-2008
From: Felicia Lee <feliciaucla.edu>
Subject: Languages That Use Copies as Anaphors?
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I have been working on a language (one of the Zapotec languages of Mexico)
that commonly expresses both local and nonlocal binding relations with
copies of the bound element: in this language, one can say (without any
logophoric or guise-changing reading) things like ''The priest killed the
priest'' meaning ''the priest killed himself''. Moreover, the bound copy
receives a bound variable reading: ''the priest killed the priest and so
did the teacher'' means ''the teacher also killed himself''.

I am trying to compile an inventory of other languages that show this bound
copy pattern; so far, the only ones I know of are Thai, Hmong, and Vietnamese.

If any of you know of other languages that show this pattern, please let me
know. I will report back to the group with a summary of my results. Thanks!

Felicia Lee

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

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