Query: Anapher / Pronominal Reference Resolution

bartsch at zas.gwz-berlin.de bartsch at zas.gwz-berlin.de
Fri Dec 22 08:56:34 UTC 2006

Apologies for cross-posting


Dear all, 

Admittedly, that’s really a very bad moment, 2 days for X-mas, to start a 
query, but all the same, I’m in hopes that some of you has the time or 
inclination to give me some hints. 

I’m interested in work on anapher resolution in both child and adult 
language, especially the former. There are lots of work done in the 
generative framework, related to binding and optimality theories and stuff. 
And I was wondering whether any of you know about work from the functional 
and/or cognitive perspectives. I’d be very grateful for any reference, 
regardless of the language studied and whether the study is based on 
expressive or receptive language, i.e., production or 
processing/comprehension/interpretation, or on experimental or naturalistic 

I’m especially interested in intra-sentential pronominal reference 
resolution, as in: 

(1) Peter washed him.
(2) Peter washed himself. 

But also references on inter-sentential reference are wellcome, as in: 

(3) Jane likes Mary. She often brings her flowers. 

Many thanks in advance! I’m looking forward to receiving some hints from 
you, I’ll post a summary if I get enough references and information. 

Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year. 



Susanna Bartsch
bartsch at zas.gwz-berlin.de
Zentrum für allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Typologie und 
Universalienforschung (ZaS)
Centre for General Linguistics, Typology, and Universals Research
Schützenstr. 18
10117 Berlin
Tel. +49 (0)30 20192562
Fax  +49 (0)30 20192402 

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