题目：Pronouns and the GenitiveAlternation
嘉宾：Prof John Payne（University of Manchester）
Theobservation that personal pronouns typically sound very unnatural as the objectin of-PP dependents of English nounphrases dates back at least to Lyons(1986). There is a striking contrast, for example. between the of-PP in the car of him and the ’sgenitive in his car. Recentlarge-scale psycholinguistic and corpus studies of the genitive alternation(Rosenbach 2002, Börjars et al 2012), O’Connor et al 2012) appear tosupport this general picture: personal pronouns appear almost categoricallyexcluded from the of-PP constructionwhenever the ’s genitive alternativeis permitted. In this paper it is shown that pronouns nevertheless occur quitesystematically in the of-PPenvironment, and that their behaviour is largely predictable from the generalcharacteristics of the genitive alternation.
JohnPayne, one of the founders of Functional Grammar, is Professor of Linguisticsin the Department of Linguistics at the University of Manchester, UK, where heacts as Head of Department of Linguistics. He has held visiting positions at anumber of universities in the US,Europe and Australia.He has published numerous articles on linguistic typology, syntactic theory,and the grammar of English. He is one of the co-authors of the CambridgeGrammar of the English Language (Cambridge University Press 2002), a book whichhas remained a best seller in the world since its publication.