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Partial Control and the Semantics of Anaphoric Control in LFG

Dag Haug


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In this paper I discuss the phenomenon of partial control, which has been widely discussed in the derivational literature but almost completely ignored in LFG. I argue that it requires a treatment in terms of 'quasi-obligatory' anaphoric control, a type of control that is implicit in some earlier LFG work but has never been properly formalized. Quasi-obligatory anaphoric control does not involve syntactic specification of the controller but rather a semantic constraint that requires the controller to be a logocenter of the matrix predicate, combined with normal (pragmatic) resolution of anaphora.

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