In this paper, I use Tamil data to argue for a much more complicated picture of specificational copular clause connectivity than that afforded by the standard discussion of the English case. I argue that specificational clause connectivity is a result of two independent factors that interact; the first has to do with how the specificational clause is derived and the second has to do with the lexical entry of the bound pronoun in the post-copular position. Based on this, I propose a novel understanding of bound pronoun phenomenon and argue that it is usually licensed semantically (a la Barker 2012) but that when the usual semantic licensing conditions are not present, syntactic binding can give rise to bound pronoun interpretations.
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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