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The Emergence of Functions in Language$
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Zygmunt Frajzyngier and Marielle Butters

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198844297

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198844297.001.0001

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Systemic ambiguity as a motivation in the emergence of logophoricity

Systemic ambiguity as a motivation in the emergence of logophoricity

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(p.89) 4 Systemic ambiguity as a motivation in the emergence of logophoricity
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The Emergence of Functions in Language
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Zygmunt Frajzyngier

Marielle Butters

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198844297.003.0004

Chapter 4 demonstrates that a systematic ambiguity within a domain may constitute a motivation in the emergence of a function. The functional domain discussed is the domain of reference. The systematic ambiguity at play is the coding of reference in clausal complements of verbs of saying. More specifically, the question is whether the participants in the complement clause are coreferential with the participant in the matrix clause or whether they are not coreferential. Some languages deploy pronouns in the complement clause to code disjoint reference and person, number, and gender agreement on the verb to code coreference (Polish). Other languages deploy pronouns in the complement clause to code coreference and nouns to code disjoint reference (English). The specific solution described in Chapter 4 are logophoric pronouns which code not only coreference with the subject of the matrix clause but also coreference with other arguments of the matrix clause. The Chapter describes how logophoric coding emerged from the de dicto reference markers.

Keywords:   coreference, disjoint reference, logophoricity, complement clause, de dicto reference, verbs of saying

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