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Query Subject:   ESL College-Level Vocabulary-Size Minima?
Author:   H Stephen Straight (Binghamton U/SUNY)
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Syntax

Query:   Tue, 09 Dec 1997 09:37:22 +0100
Bart Geurts
geurts@hal.cl-ki.uni-osnabrueck.de
'and' and anaphora

I would like to know if there is any evidence for the hypothesis that
in conjoined sentences like,

There once was a prince and he was very rich.

it is the lexical meaning of 'and' that enables the anaphoric link
between 'a prince' and 'he'. (This may seem like a strange idea, but
there are actually many semanticists that assume that this is the
case.) It may be hard to demonstrate that this is true in any given
language, but it might be that there are languages in which 'and' is
realized differently depending on whether there is to be an anaphoric
link from the second conjunct to the first, or not. In such a
language, 'and' might be translated differently in:

Fred bought a sheep and Barney bought two geese.

Bart Geurts

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Universitaet Osnabrueck, FB 7
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Phone: +49 541 969 6223
Fax: +49 541 969 6210
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LL Issue: 8.1767
Date posted: 10-Dec-1997



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