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Free to Bound to Free? Interactions Between Pragmatics and Syntax in the Development of Australian Pronominal Systems

Mushin, Ilana; Simpson, Jane


Data from dual pronoun systems in Australian languages is used to show the pragmatic basis for a cycle of pronoun creation - reduced pronouns from free forms and free from reduced - and the motivation to maintain both types in a linguistic system. Free pronouns become positionally restricted reduced forms by association of clause-initial position with discourse prominence (Swartz 1988, Choi 1999). The same pragmatic motivations result in the creation of new free pronouns, and the divergence of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Language (Washington)
DOI: 10.1353/lan.0.0048


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