Establishing Reference

  • Sergey Avrutin
Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 23)


All natural languages contain certain elements whose interpretation depends on their linguistic (and, sometimes, non-linguistic) environment. These elements are pronominals: pronouns and reflexives. The information associated with the lexical entry for, say, pronoun she or reflexive himself, is limited and is never sufficient to provide a unique interpretation for these elements. The environment where these elements appear functions as a source of information for establishing reference.


Noun Phrase Linguistic Knowledge Frequent Meaning Possessive Pronoun Matrix Subject 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sergey Avrutin
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  1. 1.Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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