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A Special Use of the Third Person Singular Pronoun

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The special use of the 3rd person singular pronoun ta in Chinese distinguishes itself in that (i) its antecedent NP can be [±animate] and (ü) in that the antecedent can be plural as weIl as singular. Syntactically, the antecedent occurs typically as a sentence topic, a subtopic (i.e. topic within VP), as the object of ba, the subject of bei or the head of a relative clause. Semantically, a verb that takes such a pronoun as its object must be a predicate involving the features of disposal, telicity, irrealis and agentivity. This pronoun cannot be identified with any of the pronominal categories known from the literature, but it represents a new type: the D-pronoun.


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