Logophors, variable binding and the interpretation of have

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The unavailability of the experiencer reading of English have when its subject is coindexed with a logophor in the complement is shown to be the result of a particular licensing condition on the experiencer and locative readings of have. The experiencer or location subject of have must bind a [+R] variable in its complement. Logophors, while variables, are not [+R] in the binding theory as presented in Reinhart and Reuland (1993); hence the experiencer or location reading is not licensed. More broadly, the result supports the proposals of Ritter and Rosen (1997) and Belvin (1993, 1996) that have is a predicate whose interpretation depends upon the nature of and relations between its arguments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-84
Number of pages10
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Nov 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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