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Title: Pronouns, Clitics and Empty Nouns
Subtitle: 'Pronominality' and licensing in syntax
Written By: Phoevos E. Panagiotidis
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 46

The following title in the field of Generative Studies is now available from John Benjamins Publishing:

Pronouns, Clitics and Empty Nouns `Pronominality' and licensing in syntax

Phoevos Panagiotidis
University of London

Two issues little discussed in the generative literature are the internal structure of pronouns and what it is in Syntax that triggers pronominal reference. This monograph treats these two topics in detail and investigates whether pronominal (strong, weak and clitic pronouns) and related elliptical expressions can be given a unified syntactic representation. The answer, derived from a wealth of cross-linguistic evidence, is largely affirmative: pronominals include a semantically empty noun as part of their internal structure. The case of null subjects in ‘pro-drop’ languages is also examined and it is argued that they are not empty pronominal categories but, rather, the reflex of a ‘verbal determiner’. Finally, using the internal structure of pronouns as a sort of ‘litmus paper’, the book explores the relationship between functional and lexical heads as well as the notions of selection and licensing in syntax, and offers new insights into the categorial status of functional categories.

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588111032
ISBN-13: 9781588111036
Pages: x, 214 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 142
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027227675
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: x, 214 pp.
Prices: EUR 95.00