[Lingtyp] Term for “non-pronominal anaphora"

Guillaume Jacques rgyalrongskad at gmail.com
Fri May 21 17:03:57 UTC 2021

This type of phenomenon is extremely prominent in Classical Chinese. Unlike
the literary languages of Europe, which avoid repetition of personal
namesby all means (forinstance in the German examplecited by Elena),
literary Chinese favours the repetition of names and titles rather than
using third person pronouns. For instance, here is a typical example from
the Zuozhuan, in which I highlight the names of different characters in
colour to illustrate the repetitions:


Xuanzi then went to Qi to present betrothal gifts. When he had an audience
with Ziya, Ziya summoned his son Ziqi and had him
presented to Xuanzi. (Zuozhuan, Zhao 2)

Le ven. 21 mai 2021 à 16:43, Volker Gast <volker.gast at uni-jena.de> a écrit :

> Not sure if there's a word for it, but there's a recent paper on
> "Reference without anaphora: On agency through grammar" by C.W. Raymond,
> R. Clift and J. Heritage in Linguistics, see
> https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/ling-2021-0058/html
> The paper deals with English only (it's Free Access). The authors simply
> use the attribute 'non-anaphoric (reference)' for the relevant uses.
> We generally assume that accessible referents are referred to using
> anaphora, but sometimes we prefer to use a "full" form. The authors
> argue that this has to do with agency in the sense of interactional
> linguistics. For instance, we may prefer a proper name over an anaphora
> when we talk about someone we know very well, such as our kids or
> grandchildren:
> Granny's friend: "James's a little devil, hehe."
> James' granny: "James is a little bugger, isn't he."
> The authors argue that speakers may claim epistemic or deontic authority
> with such usages. (The example above is taken from the paper but
> simplified, see p. 740).
> I'm not a specialist of Conversation Analysis, but I find this very
> intriguing (and it is my impression that we tend to redundantly use
> proper names when talking about our partners, for instance; that might
> be a matter of affection). This case is obviously different from the one
> mentioned by Ian, which is also very intriguing.
> Best,
> Volker
> On 21.05.21 16:05, Juergen Bohnemeyer wrote:
> > Dear Ian — This would fall under ’nominal’ anaphora, I believe. Same as
> in the following example:
> >
> > (1) Sally stopped in her tracks. The woman had forgotten where she was
> headed.
> >
> > I believe I’ve also come across the term ‘lexical’ anaphora. — HTH —
> Juergen
> >
> >> On May 21, 2021, at 2:00 AM, JOO, Ian [Student] <
> ian.joo at connect.polyu.hk> wrote:
> >>
> >> Dear all,
> >>
> >> is there a term for “non-pronominal anaphora”, i. e. using personal
> names or titles for anaphoric reference?
> >> Example:
> >> Hyeng-kwa hyeng-uy chinkwu
> >> older.brother-COM older.brother-GEN friend
> >> `Older brother and his (lit. older brother’s) friend’ (Korean)
> >> I tried to search it in Google, but since I don’t know what this
> phenomenon is called, I don’t know what to search for.
> >> I would appreciate your help.
> >>
> >> Regards,
> >> ian
> >>
> >>
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Guillaume Jacques

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