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Resumptive pronouns in Mauritian: examining the nature of specificity effects

Muhsina Alleesaib 1, *
Abstract : This study looks at Discourse-linking effects in Mauritian Creole relative clauses where the use of a resumptive pronoun triggers a reading whereby one or more individuals is selected from a contextually-defined subset of individuals. Mauritian Creole resumptives confirm Erteschik-Shir's (1992) hypothesis concerning the 'restrictive focus' reading. Resumption is also incompatible with Sells' (1984)'concept' reading. Furthermore, I look at the interaction between determiners and resumptive pronouns: it is observed that bare nouns and indefinite noun phrases cannot be the antecedent of a resumptive. As a consequence, it is not possible to observe the purportedly obligatory wide-scope reading of resumptives in Mauritian.
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Muhsina Alleesaib. Resumptive pronouns in Mauritian: examining the nature of specificity effects. Language at the University of Essex Postgraduate Conference (LangUE) 2007, Jul 2007, Colchester, United Kingdom. publication en ligne. ⟨halshs-00684093⟩

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