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3 The Core of the Matter: Identifying and Interacting with the Addressee

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This chapter focuses on empirical evidence for the syntactic mapping of pragmatic features relevant to the interpretation of direct addresses when they come in the shape of vocatives. These features are identified as [2nd person] and [i-p], which are mapped to a functional head (i.e., Vocº) projected at the highest level of the extended projection of N. The chapter identifies the functional features that a Vocative Particle may be associated with in syntax; namely, [i-p] and [2nd person], whose successful checking has the effect of endowing a noun with the addressee status. It proposes a formal representation of vocatives, where Vocative Particles, vocative nouns and definite articles are taken into account. Finally, the chapter concludes that the direct address reading comes out of a syntactic configuration where Vocº selects a DP/NP and values the person feature of the noun as 2nd person.

Keywords: semantic addressee; syntactic mapping; vocative noun; Vocative Particle



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