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The Logic of Pronominal Resumption$
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Ash Asudeh

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206421

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206421.001.0001

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Resumption and Processing

Resumption and Processing

(p.279) 11 Resumption and Processing
The Logic of Pronominal Resumption

Ash Asudeh

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a processing model for resumptive pronouns that are not fully grammatically licensed. I distinguish between true grammatically licensed pronouns (‘true resumptives’) which are fully licensed according to the Resource Management Theory of Resumption, and ‘processor resumptives’, which are not licensed by the grammar. I argue that the latter arise through normal constraints on production and can be accommodated and interpreted, under certain circumstances, in parsing. I first present the general processing model and then consider how processor resumptives in English are produced in the first place. I argue that they are not licensed by the grammar at all, but arise from incremental production. I then investigate parsing and interpretation of processor resumptives. I identify three major kinds of processor resumptives: complexity resumptives, island resumptives, and COMP resumptives. I also return to the matter of certain Swedish resumptive pronouns that were claimed not to be true grammatically licensed resumptives.

Keywords:   production, parsing, interpretation, local well-formedness, global well-formedness, incrementally, complexity, processor resumptive, Swedish, English

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