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Exploring Nanosyntax$
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Lena Baunaz, Liliane Haegeman, Karen De Clercq, and Eric Lander

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190876746

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190876746.001.0001

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The Feature Structure of Pronouns

The Feature Structure of Pronouns

A Probe Into Multidimensional Paradigms*

(p.277) Chapter 11 The Feature Structure of Pronouns
Exploring Nanosyntax

Guido Vanden Wyngaerd

Oxford University Press

This paper examines multidimensional paradigms, i.e. paradigms involving more than one feature dimension. I examine the concrete case of pronominal paradigms, which involve (at least) the dimensions of person and number. The problem that arises in such paradigms is that syncretisms may be observed in each dimension, i.e. they may occur both vertically (cross-person) and horizontally (cross-number). While classical nanosyntax embodies a theory of syncretism that can account for one dimension, it requires an extension to account for syncretisms in the other dimension(s). I discuss two such extensions, one making use of pointers, and another in terms of a revision of the Superset Principle. I show that both approaches make subtly different empirical predictions.

Keywords:   person, pronouns, number, features, syncretism, multidimensional paradigms, nanosyntax, pointers, Superset Principle, lexical representations

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