Accent and description: An account of anaphoric epithets

Charley Evan Beller
2010 LSA Annual Meeting Extended Abstracts  
Anaphoric epithets are definite descriptions that achieve reference anaphorically. They also convey some expressive content. Potts (2003) analyzes the expressive component as a Conventional Implicature. He proposes that the expressive component is provided by the nominal, reference is provided by a phonologically null variable adjacent to the nominal, and the definite article is semantically contentless. The current analysis agrees that the nominal provides the attitudinal meaning. Rather than
more » ... aning. Rather than positing a null syntactic element reference is achieved by incorporating Elbourne's (2005) proposal that the definite determiner takes an index argument and a nominal argument.
doi:10.3765/exabs.v0i0.480 fatcat:emiw6zlupjfgrhr7wxda3icqs4