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Ling-Lunch 11/15 - Dominique Sportiche (UCLA)

Speaker: Dominique Sportiche (UCLA)
Title: PRO’s Rigid Dependence and some possible consequences.
Date and time: Thursday, 11/15, 12:30-1:50pm
Location: 32-D461

An examination of the study of the behavior of obligatorily or non obligatorily controlled PRO  yields the conclusion that PRO and its antecedent must rigidly covary, a requirement  I call the  `de re ipsa’ requirement. Why this holds suggests ways to derive why `de se’ or `de te’ readings mandatorily arise in obligatory control constructions under attitude control predicates, and in fact elsewhere too. In turn, this behavior of PRO suggests that binding theory could be about the sharing (or non sharing) of recipes for reference which would provide a different way of looking at some binding puzzles discussed in Heim (1994), and Sharvit (2011).