A note on "the giften mathematician that you claim to be"
Alexander Grosu, Manfred Krifka
March 2022
 

The paper is a reply to Bassi & Rasin (2018) on the treatment of sentences like [The gifted mathematician that you claim to be] should have solved this task without problems by Grosu & Krifka (2007), which was published in L&P. G&K provide an analysis of the de-dicto interpretation in which the bracketed expression refers to an individual concept. B&R question this because equivalent expressions in Hebrew, in which the gap is rendered by a resumptive pronoun, do not exhibit the de dicto interpretation, but only the de re interpretation. We provide independent evidence that person-marked pronouns in post-copular position are incompatible with antecedents that denote individual concepts, thus explaining B&R’s observation within G&K’s framework. We furthermore point out two new problems for the analysis of B&R presented in the body of their article, which does not make use of individual concepts or of some alternative mechanism that can deal with substitutivity in opaque contexts. We also note that an alternative analysis they present in an appendix amounts to a notational variant of ours.
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Reference: lingbuzz/007998
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Published in: Linguistics & Philosophy 45
keywords: relative clauses, individual concepts, movements, semantics, syntax
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