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Pieter A. M. Seuren

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199559480

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559480.001.0001

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Primary and donkey anaphora

Primary and donkey anaphora

(p.284) 9 Primary and donkey anaphora
The Logic of Language

Pieter A. M. Seuren (Contributor Webpage)

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Anaphora is more than the replacement of a lexical NP by a pronoun. Anaphora resolution may require an analysis in terms of the language of quantification. Some anaphors (the ‘donkey’ anaphors) even require a discourse‐structure analysis. The problem goes back to Walter Burleigh (14th century) and was taken up again by Geach. It is shown how the various forms of donkey anaphora are solved in terms of discourse semantics. An algorithm is proposed for the fixing of anaphoric reference in discourse.

Keywords:   address closure, anaphora, Walter Burleigh, donkey anaphora as instance of primary anaphora, Geach, primary anaphora, internal and external anaphora

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