Abstract Anaphors in Appositive Relative Clauses in Romanian

  • Emil Ionescu
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7099)


The paper represents a contribution to the study of anaphora linked to linguistic structures denoting events, facts or propositions. These anaphors are called abstract anaphors. Abstract anaphors are studied in sentential structures with appositive relative clauses in Romanian. Three abstract anaphors may occur in such sentences: care (‘which’), unde (‘where’) and ceea ce (‘which’). It is shown that care (‘which’) is used to denote events and facts (but not propositions); unde (‘where’) may only be used to denote facts, whereas ceea ce (‘which’) denotes facts propositions and outcomes but not events. The analysis therefore documents the existence of finer-grained realizations of abstract anaphora in natural language. At the same time, the analysis enriches the inventory of lexical items which count as a diagnostic for phrases that denote events, facts or intensional objects.


anaphor event fact proposition Romanian 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emil Ionescu
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  1. 1.Faculty of LettersUniversity of BucharestRomania

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