Perspectival reflexives and event semantics


  • Per Erik Solberg


This paper presents a unified semantic theory of long-distance reflexivity inside and outside of indirect discourse. Long-distance reflexives are argued to be discourse anaphors with presuppositional restrictions to (shifted) perspective holders. Perspective-shift is analyzed in the event semantics: In indirect discourse, the perspective is assigned to the agent/experiencer of the attitudinal event. By modelling the analysis in the event semantics instead of the modal semantics of indirect discourse, it is possible to generalize it to non-attitudinal cases of long distance binding, using other event types and thematic roles.


How to Cite

Solberg, P. E. (2019). Perspectival reflexives and event semantics. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 21(2), 1109–1122. Retrieved from