Arbitrary Readings of 3pl Pronominals

  • Patricia Cabredo Hofherr


In the generative literature antecedentless readings of 3pl pronouns have been referred to as arbitrary. The present article argues that antecedentless readings are not a unitary phenomenon and proposes to distinguish 5 types of antecedentless readings for 3pl pronouns. I propose that the antecedentless readings depend on a deficient form of 3pl agreement that allows a non-anaphoric reading and only contributes the feature [+human]. I further propose that the different readings rely on two possible translations of 3pl pronouns combined with different mechanisms of content identification.
How to Cite
Cabredo Hofherr, P. (2019). Arbitrary Readings of 3pl Pronominals. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 7, 81-94.