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- noun a word (such as a pronoun) used to avoid repetition; the referent of an anaphor is determined by its antecedent.
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- noun linguistics An
expression referingto another expression. In stricter uses, an expression referring to something earlier in the discourseor, even more strictly, only reflexive and reciprocal pronouns.
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- noun a word (such as a pronoun) used to avoid repetition; the referent of an anaphor is determined by its antecedent
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An anaphor is a pronoun that refers to some other entity in the discourse, and a reciprocal anaphor is one that refers to each of the members of that entity.
The part on reciprocal anaphors (“anaphor”: highlighted while typing as misspelled!) sealed the deal for me.
So to help the reader out, Yanni actually restarts the question with an anaphor replacing the giant noun phrase.
For example, ˜he™ appears to be used as an unbound anaphor in discourse (3) and ˜she™ seems to be so used in
In effect, one can take a temporal anaphor as standing proxy for a when-clause and a modal anaphor like
In both cases, we will find interpretative dependencies reminiscent of the dependency relation between an anaphor and its antecedent, and we will describe, if only in outline, how basic DRT has been extended so as to explain the similarities.
With respect to finding an antecedent for an anaphor, for example, the interaction of the constraints explains the general tendency to look for the referent in the immediately preceding discourse rather than in the more remote fragments or, rather than constructing a referent ad hoc.
If you’ll excuse a bit of linguistic terminology, (3b) shows that none can take the reciprocal anaphor each other.
You can’t use a reciprocal anaphor unless its referent can be thought of as a plural set.
(You’d use myself, a reflexive anaphor, instead.) None can be thought as a plural set, but not one apparently can’t.