First Person Readings of MAN: On semantic and pragmatic restrictions on an impersonal pronoun

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First Person Readings of MAN : On semantic and pragmatic restrictions on an impersonal pronoun. / Egerland, Verner.

Order and structure in syntax II: Subjecthood and argument structure. red. / Michelle Sheehan; Laura Bailey. Berlin : Language Science Press, 2018.

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Egerland, V 2018, First Person Readings of MAN: On semantic and pragmatic restrictions on an impersonal pronoun. i M Sheehan & L Bailey (red), Order and structure in syntax II: Subjecthood and argument structure. Language Science Press, Berlin. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1115573

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Egerland, V. (2018). First Person Readings of MAN: On semantic and pragmatic restrictions on an impersonal pronoun. I M. Sheehan, & L. Bailey (Red.), Order and structure in syntax II: Subjecthood and argument structure Language Science Press. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1115573

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Egerland V. 2018. First Person Readings of MAN: On semantic and pragmatic restrictions on an impersonal pronoun. Sheehan M, Bailey L, redaktörer. I Order and structure in syntax II: Subjecthood and argument structure. Berlin: Language Science Press. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1115573

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Egerland, Verner "First Person Readings of MAN: On semantic and pragmatic restrictions on an impersonal pronoun". och Sheehan, Michelle Bailey, Laura (redaktörer). Order and structure in syntax II: Subjecthood and argument structure. Berlin: Language Science Press. 2018. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1115573

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Egerland V. First Person Readings of MAN: On semantic and pragmatic restrictions on an impersonal pronoun. I Sheehan M, Bailey L, redaktörer, Order and structure in syntax II: Subjecthood and argument structure. Berlin: Language Science Press. 2018 https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1115573

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Egerland, Verner. / First Person Readings of MAN : On semantic and pragmatic restrictions on an impersonal pronoun. Order and structure in syntax II: Subjecthood and argument structure. redaktör / Michelle Sheehan ; Laura Bailey. Berlin : Language Science Press, 2018.

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TY - CHAP

T1 - First Person Readings of MAN

T2 - On semantic and pragmatic restrictions on an impersonal pronoun

AU - Egerland, Verner

PY - 2018

Y1 - 2018

N2 - Cinque (1988) notices that Italian impersonal si can be interpreted so as to include the speaker and that such a reading is actually mandatory in certain contexts. A similar conclusion holds for impersonal man in a language such as Swedish, with the difference that, in the relevant contexts, man takes on the reading of 1st person singular, hence ‘I’ and not ‘we’. In this paper, I argue that Cinque’s observation can only be understood in a theory explaining how impersonal readings (generic and existential) are restricted, rather than in a general theory of “inclusiveness”. The first part of paper is dedicated to showing how impersonal readings are restricted by the temporal and aspectual specification of the clause. This part summarizes some by now well-known facts concerning the interpretation of man. The second part of the paper discusses a further restriction on impersonal readings, stemming from focus and contrastiveness. The relevant effect is shown in cases of topicalizationof SELF-anaphora in impersonal constructions in some Germanic languages.To my knowledge, these data have so far gone unobserved in the literature.

AB - Cinque (1988) notices that Italian impersonal si can be interpreted so as to include the speaker and that such a reading is actually mandatory in certain contexts. A similar conclusion holds for impersonal man in a language such as Swedish, with the difference that, in the relevant contexts, man takes on the reading of 1st person singular, hence ‘I’ and not ‘we’. In this paper, I argue that Cinque’s observation can only be understood in a theory explaining how impersonal readings (generic and existential) are restricted, rather than in a general theory of “inclusiveness”. The first part of paper is dedicated to showing how impersonal readings are restricted by the temporal and aspectual specification of the clause. This part summarizes some by now well-known facts concerning the interpretation of man. The second part of the paper discusses a further restriction on impersonal readings, stemming from focus and contrastiveness. The relevant effect is shown in cases of topicalizationof SELF-anaphora in impersonal constructions in some Germanic languages.To my knowledge, these data have so far gone unobserved in the literature.

KW - Impersonal pronoun

KW - Genericity

KW - Scandinavian

KW - Self-anaphora

U2 - 10.5281/zenodo.1115573

DO - 10.5281/zenodo.1115573

M3 - Book chapter

SN - 978-3-96110-028-6

BT - Order and structure in syntax II

A2 - Sheehan, Michelle

A2 - Bailey, Laura

PB - Language Science Press

CY - Berlin

ER -