GO and COME Revisited: What Serves as a Reference Point?

David Y. Oshima
2006 Proceedings of the annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society  
0. Introduction This paper develops an analysis of GO/COME (English go/come and their counterparts in other languages) which improves on existing analyses. I propose that GO/COME refer to a contextually provided set of individuals, which I call RP (reference point(s)), rather than to a specific entity that serves as the "deictic center", and that GO requires that no member of the RP be at the goal (of the described motion) while COME requires that some member thereof be at the goal. The
more » ... e goal. The proposed analysis makes empirically correct predictions where existing analyses fail, and further allows us to identify the possible range of crosslinguistic variation in terms of two implicational hierarchies: (i) the person hierarchy for RP inclusion: 1st < 2nd < 3rd, and (ii) the relevance hierarchy for deictic verbs: an RP member's location at the utterance time < an RP member's location at the event time < an RP member's "home base".
doi:10.3765/bls.v32i1.3466 fatcat:u5og5v3xvffv7fox2evrhjkjx4