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Deictic Perspective and Logophoric Exemption from Condition A
Isabelle Charnavel
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This paper examines the role of spatial perspective in logophoric exemption from Condition A. It is known that anaphors are generally exempt from locality requirements under logophoric conditions, i.e., when they are anteceded by perspective centers. I show that deictic centers (spatial reference points) do not qualify as logophoric centers for exemption: only mental perspective licenses exemption. This derives from the fact that exempt anaphors must occur in clauses expressing the perspective of their antecedent and spatial perspective lacks clausal content. Deictic perspective nevertheless interacts with logophoric exemption in some cases: when deictic motion verbs cooccur with exempt anaphors, they force their antecedents to be at the goal of motion, because deictic motion verbs have an implicit logophoric argument, and two logophors in the same domain must corefer.

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Proceedings of the 35th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Wm. G. Bennett, Lindsay Hracs, and Dennis Ryan Storoshenko
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