This paper examines the lesser-studied phenomenon of imposters, e.g., the present authors, your majesty (Collins and Postal 2012) through an investigation of the interaction of imposters with pronominal elements (anaphors/pronouns) and verbal agreement from a crosslinguistic perspective. It accounts for the observed patterns by extending Podobryaev's (2014) semantic analysis in two ways: (i) agreement with local person (1st and 2nd) is pronominal, unlike 3rd person, and is subject to interpretation via the imposter operator, and (ii) the operator introduced by the imposter is subject to a locality constraint, called Operator-Imposter Locality (OIL). The paper also suggests that the imposter operator account can be extended to the so-called inverse vocatives (Boeder 1989, Akkuş 2016), thus argues that this phenomenon is not limited to inside of the clause, but is also found in the speech act layer.
Proceedings of the 34th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Aaron Kaplan, Abby Kaplan, Miranda K. McCarvel, and Edward J. Rubin
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