Introducing propositional discourse referents

  • Todd Snider


This paper addresses the question of which structures make propositions available for anaphoric reference, i.e., which structures introduce propositional discourse referents. I describe two current approaches to this question—one syntactic and one discursive—and then identify data which pose challenges to each approach. As an alternative, I offer a novel proposal: proposition-embedding operators introduce discourse referents for their propositional arguments. I show one way to formally model this generalization, using Update with Modal Centering (Bittner, 2011).
How to Cite
Snider, T. (2019). Introducing propositional discourse referents. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 23(2), 317-332.