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The Grelling-Nelson Paradox

The following excerpt is from Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter. Divide the adjectives in English into two categories: those which are self-descriptive, such as "...
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How does McWhorter explain Pronominal Reflexive Verbs by distinguishing 'remembering something' vs. 'remembering is something that happens to you'?

McWhorter, J. PhD Linguistics (Stanford). Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue (2009). How can [1.] and [2.] (coloured in grey beneath) be distinguished? Doesn't 1 entail 2? How can "the remembering is [...
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non-variable semantics of reflexives, need help

I'm reading various books on semantics (writing my first paper on semantics) however this book that was recommended to me by Heim & Kratzer has tricky questions with no answer guide, I looked ...
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Romance-like pronominal verbs elsewhere

Romance languages are known to have lots of so-called pronominal verbs, which are always conjugated with a reflexive pronoun even though the action is not actually reflexive: for example, Spanish irse,...
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Causatives and Reflexives

Causatives have been analysed as a single clause with a split-VP. If the binding of reflexives is only possible intra-clausally, why is there this contrast ingrammaticality? [Mary]i let [John]j kill ...
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Does any other language have as many reflexive pronouns as English?

1st person: myself, ourselves 2nd person: yourself yourselves 3rd person: himself, herself, itself, themselves, oneself In Latin, French, Spanish, Italian, and German there is only one reflexive ...
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Is there any good, theory-neutral definition of long-distance reflexives in the literature?

Long distance reflexives/anaphora/binding are much discussed in the literature, particularly among generativists, but while there seems to be rough agreement on what constitutes a long-distance ...