There have been many attempts in the linguistic literature to characterize definiteness. Scholars have tried to analyze it in terms of other notions, such as inclusiveness, identifiability, uniqueness, and familiarity. Lyons (1995) points out that one can narrow down these concepts, as uniqueness can be explained through inclusiveness, and familiarity through identifiability. However, the question still remains if there exists a choice between identifiability and inclusiveness to rightly characterize definiteness. This paper suggests that breaking down the idea of definiteness into two separate concepts, identifiability and inclusiveness, is key to understanding a puzzle involving definiteness and demonstratives in Bangla. It is also suggested that these concepts, along with deixis, are manifested in the syntax as functional projections; i.e., what has been labelled as the DP (Abney 1987, among many others) has a finer structure in the form of [DeixP [IdentP [IncP ]]].
Proceedings of the 33rd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Kyeong-min Kim, Pocholo Umbal, Trevor Block, Queenie Chan, Tanie Cheng, Kelli Finney, Mara Katz, Sophie Nickel-Thompson, and Lisa Shorten Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-469-0 library binding
viii + 426 pages
publication date: 2016
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA