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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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The Resource Sensitivity Hypothesis

The Resource Sensitivity Hypothesis

(p.95) 5 The Resource Sensitivity Hypothesis
The Logic of Pronominal Resumption

Ash Asudeh

Oxford University Press

This chapter is a detailed investigation of the resource logical basis of the Resource Sensitivity Hypothesis (RSH). I consider various theoretical proposals in linguistic theory which can either be reduced to resource sensitivity or can at least be understood in new terms based on RSH. I present a hierarchy of substructural logics and illustrate their linguistic relevance with respect to the combinatorics of three principal grammatical subsystems: phonology, syntax, and semantics. I motivate linear logic as the appropriate logic for the syntax–semantics interface and semantic composition. I discuss the consequences of its adoption for grammatical architecture. I consider how the choice of logic affects the relationship between Logical and Linguistic Resource Sensitivity. Despite initial appearances, Logical Resource Sensitivity is generally insufficient on its own to guarantee a useful notion of Linguistic Resource Sensitivity, which requires coupling of Logical Resource Sensitivity to a theory of natural language.

Keywords:   Resource Sensitivity Hypothesis, substructural logics, linear logic, Logical Resource Sensitivity, Linguistic Resource Sensitivity, syntax–semantics interface, composition

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