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Title: On the definiteness and specificity of Scandinavian pronoun demonstratives
Author: Tania E. Strahan
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Homepage: http://www.strahan.id.au
Institution: Hugvísindadeild Háskóla Islands
Linguistic Field: Morphology; Syntax
Abstract: Pronouns with a demonstrative function appear in most of the Scandinavian languages in phrases like ‘Look at that man’. Despite the Scandinavian languages varying in phrase-internal morphosyntactic definiteness agreement requirements generally, the pronoun demonstrative appears universally with a definite noun (phrase). This is accounted for within a Lexical-Functional Grammar framework, where the pronoun demonstrative is treated as carrying the feature [specific = +], and the definite noun (phrase) is the morphosyntactic realisation of underlying specificity also. In addition, there is variation as to whether the pronoun demonstratives occur as a specifier within the NP, or as the head of its own DP, taking an NP object.

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