We discuss the existence of a set of previously unnoticed restrictions on indexicals. Specifically, some indexicals are ruled out and others cannot freely occur in two clause types that have directive force but are distinct from canonical imperatives. These restrictions suggest that these clause types are interpreted with respect to a context that is “deficient” in some sense, or that they lack some syntactic structure needed to license these indexicals. Thus, the patterns of data we present have the potential to significantly affect the understanding of indexicality and clausal architecture.
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December 15 2022
Restrictions on Indexicals in Directive Clauses
In Special Collection: CogNet
Online ISSN: 1530-9150
Print ISSN: 0024-3892
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Linguistic Inquiry 1–15.
Miok Pak, Paul Portner, Raffaella Zanuttini; Restrictions on Indexicals in Directive Clauses. Linguistic Inquiry 2022; doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/ling_a_00473
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