Two types of the 3rd person feature in English?!

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This article investigates the morphosyntactic properties of the person feature in the English imposter construction studied by Collins & Postal.

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Furuya, Kaori June 24, 2017.

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This article investigates the morphosyntactic properties of the person feature in the English imposter construction studied by Collins & Postal.

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Abstract: This paper aims to investigate the morphosyntactic properties of the person feature in the English
imposter construction studied by Collins & Postal. In this construction, the same definite DP can select a
1st person reflexive or a 3rd person reflexive. Moreover, despite of the distinct person feature value, a 3rd
person (non-reflexive) pronoun can have the reference to a speaker in the given contexts like a 1st
person pronoun. This use of a 3rd person argument differs from that of a 3rd person argument that refers
to the 3rd party. The present paper analyzes the mechanism of the person feature and its morphological
realization (particularly 3rd person) in English, and proposes the dissociation of notional person (the
semantics of the person feature) and grammatical person morphological realization. Both notional and
grammatical person are not always uniquely associated with each other nor always equally encoded into
a definite DP as well as a pronominal DP. The paper also argues that 3rd person is always a neutral/
invariable form in English. Despite of it, a 3rd person argument is shown to have a feature specification.
This paper demonstrates that the morphosyntactic variation associated with 3rd person agreement in
English pronoun-antecedent relations is attributed to the lack of the uniform relation between the semantics
of the person feature and its morphology, not to the syntactic operations.

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  • Ampersand, 2018. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier

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  • Publication Title: Ampersand
  • Volume: 4
  • Pages: 40-46
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes

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  • June 24, 2017

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  • June 19, 2017

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  • May 16, 2018, 2:54 p.m.

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Furuya, Kaori. Two types of the 3rd person feature in English?!, article, June 24, 2017; Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1152224/: accessed September 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Arts and Sciences.