Catalan possessive pronouns: The Avoid Pronoun Principle revisited

M. Carme Picallo

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Two types of pronominal elements may appear in Catalan nominal constructions: the possessive pronoun and the strong pronoun. These elements differ in distribution, syntactic behavior and denotative properties. This paper proposes that the alternation between possessive and strong pronouns in nominals is parallel to the alternation between pro and strong pronouns in clausal structures. The possessive in nominals and in clauses instantiate the Avoid Pronoun Principle, whose application affects feature specification in the referential grid of pronominal elements, and not the phonological content of pronouns, as has traditionally been assumed. © 1994 Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-299
JournalNatural Language & Linguistic Theory
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 1994

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