Cataphoric Indefinites

  • Carla Umbach


In this paper a subclass of specific indefinites called cataphoric indefinites is investigated. These indefinites carry an accent on the determiner, are partitives, and occur in topic position. They induce a particular set of alternatives, which represents an implicit, cataphoric, identifying property, and are closely similar to attributive (non-pronominal)  definite descriptions. For cataphoric indefinites, the speaker-hearer asymmetry turns out to be a mere side effect of information structure.
How to Cite
Umbach, C. (2019). Cataphoric Indefinites. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 8, 301-316.