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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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(p.1) 1 Introduction
The Logic of Pronominal Resumption

Ash Asudeh

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the main theoretical hypothesis of the book, the Resource Sensitivity Hypothesis. With respect to semantics, the hypothesis is that the meaning of each part of a linguistic expression is used exactly once in the computation of the meaning of the expression. The hypothesis is tested by the phenomenon of resumption, which constitutes an apparent case of resource surplus, since the resumptive pronoun is saturating an argument slot that must be left open for composition. Two kinds of resumption are introduced: resumption in unbounded dependencies and resumption in copy raising. It is also noted that the semantics of resumption is all the more challenging when seen in light of McCloskey's Generalization, which is the typological observation that resumptive pronouns are cross-linguistically morphologically ordinary pronouns.

Keywords:   resumption, resumptive pronoun, unbounded dependency, copy raising, Resource Sensitivity Hypothesis, resource surplus, composition, McCloskey's Generalization

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