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Query Subject:   Languages That Use Copies as Anaphors?
Author:   Felicia Lee
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Syntax

Query:   Hello,

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
LL Issue: 19.1535
Date posted: 10-May-2008



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