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Only and bound variables in Czech

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Rok publikování 2009
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Konference Studies in Formal Slavic Phonology, Mor- phology, Syntax, Semantics and Information Structure
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Klíčová slova bound variables; formal semantics; Czech
Popis This paper presents evidence that a possessive anaphor svůj in Czech can be interpreted either as a bound variable (which is unproblematic) or as a covaluated pronoun. The distinction between bound variables and covaluated expressions surfaces in Czech sentences with the focus sensitive particle jen/pouze (which corresponds to the famous only in English), but disappears in the VP ellipsis contexts. This is a bit puzzling, because the VP ellipsis and only are both contexts where the distinction between bound variables and covaluated pronouns can be detected, at least in English.
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