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Revisiting Anaphoric Islands

From: Language
Volume 82, Number 1, March 2006
pp. 114-130 | 10.1353/lan.2006.0037

Abstract

Postal (1969) discusses words as anaphoric islands. So-called OUTBOUND ANAPHORA was further discussed in a series of papers published in the 1970s through the early 1990s, but INBOUND ANAPHORA, such as Postal's *himite (beside McCarthyite), has received less attention. It is shown here that a wide variety of words in Georgian are based on pronouns, including fully referential personal pronouns, reflexive pronouns, question words, quantifiers, and negative pronouns. Thus, the nonoccuring combinations of English are a language-particular problem.