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Presupposition and Anaphora: Remarks on the Formulation of the Projection Problem
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Abstract:

Writers on presupposition, and on the "projection problem" of determining the presuppositions of compound sentences from their component clauses, traditionally assign presuppositions to each clause in isolation. I argue that many presuppositional elements are anaphoric to previous discourse or contextual elements. In compound sentences, these can be other clauses of the sentence. We thus need a theory of presuppositional anaphora, analogous to the corresponding pronominal theory.