This book brings together contributions which address a wide range of issues regarding resumption, gathering evidence from a great variety of languages including Welsh, Breton, Irish, Scottish Gaelic, French, Vata, Hebrew, Jordanian and Palestinian Arabic. The topics covered include the interpretive properties of resumptive pronouns and epithets, the featural make-up of resumptive pronouns, as well as the syntactic diversity of resumptive constructions and the nature of A-resumption. The introduction offers a critical survey of early syntactic accounts and recent semantic advancements. One contribution presents the results of experimental research providing a new perspective on the last resort status of resumption. Two seminal papers on resumption, Doron (1982) and McCloskey (1990), have also been included. This volume, which deals with a phenomenon that has given rise to intriguing claims concerning the structure and interpretation of pronouns, will be of great interest to both semanticists and syntacticians, whichever framework they favor.
1. Foreword; 2. Some issues in the theory of resumption:: A perspective on early and recent research (by Rouveret, Alain); 3. Resumptive pronouns, A-binding,and levels of representations in Irish (by McCloskey, James); 4. Towards a unified theory of resumption (by Asudeh, Ash); 5. The limits of resumption in Welsh wh-dependencies (by Willis, David); 6. Last resort and no resort:: Resumptive pronouns in Hebrew and Palestinian Arabic hearing impairment (by Friedmann, Naama); 7. Building and interpreting nonthematic A-positions: A-resumption in English and Breton (by Rezac, Milan); 8. On the syntax and semantics of resumptive pronouns (by Doron, Edit); 9. Some notes on the 'specificity effects'of optional resumptive pronouns (by Bianchi, Valentina); 10. Bare resumptives (by Adger, David); 11. Resumptives, movement and interpretation (by Demirdache, Hamida); 12. Weak versus strong resumption: Covarying differently (by Guilliot, Nicolas); 13. Index of languages; 14. Index of notions