Reflexive clitics are verbal, not pronominal

dc.contributor.authorMcGinnis, Martha
dc.date.accessioned2023-02-07T19:46:38Z
dc.date.available2023-02-07T19:46:38Z
dc.date.copyright2022en_US
dc.date.issued2022
dc.description.abstractI argue that reflexive clitics are not pronominal, but verbal. Cross-linguistically, reflexive clitics can realize either an unaccusative or an unergative Voice head, both of which allow anaphoric interpretations (as suggested by the work of Reinhart and Siloni 2004, 2005). I contrast the anaphoric Voice analysis with two well-known pronominal analyses of reflexive clitics: one, proposed for French, postulating an anaphoric external argument (McGinnis 1998, Sportiche 1998), and another, proposed for Icelandic figure reflexives, postulating an expletive argument in [Spec, pP] (Wood 2014, 2015; Wood and Marantz 2017). Evidence against the external-argument analysis for French includes: a language-internal contrast between unergative and unaccusative anaphoric clauses (Labelle 2008); the absence of a c-command requirement on the licensing of anaphoric Voice; the absence of a lethal ambiguity effect with anaphoric Voice (McGinnis 1998, 2004); and the interpretation of focus constructions with seul ‘only’ (Sportiche 2014, Haiden 2019). Evidence against the Icelandic expletive-argument analysis includes: the observation that not all figure reflexives have a pP, or allow an impersonal passive (Moser 2021); and the difficulty of extending the analysis to other languages with reflexive clitics – in particular, the difficulty of accounting for the widespread observation that anaphoric clitics are restricted to referential dependencies involving the external argument.en_US
dc.description.reviewstatusRevieweden_US
dc.description.scholarlevelFacultyen_US
dc.identifier.citationMcGinnis, M. (2022). “Reflexive clitics are verbal, not pronominal.” Canadian Journal of Linguistics, 67(3), 328-352. https://doi.org/10.1017/cnj.2022.28en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.1017/cnj.2022.28
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/14764
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherCanadian Journal of Linguisticsen_US
dc.subjectexpletive argumenten_US
dc.subjectfigure reflexiveen_US
dc.subjectimpersonal passiveen_US
dc.subjectlethal ambiguityen_US
dc.subjectreflexive cliticen_US
dc.titleReflexive clitics are verbal, not pronominalen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US

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