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<p>Competition among Pronouns in Chamorro Grammar and Sentence Processing</p> <p>Much work on Binding Theory has implicitly assumed that reflexive anaphors are morphologically distinct from ordinary pronouns, and indeed in most of the world’s languages this seems to be so (Faltz 1977). Research on the comprehension of reflexive anaphors has likewise been concerned with linguistic systems in which reflexives and ordinary pronouns are morphologically distinct. Nonetheless, there are languages in which reflexive anaphors have the same morphological realization as ordinary pronouns throughout the language. Some of these languages:</p> <ul> <li>Old English (e.g. Faltz 1977, Keenan 2002, Bergeton & Pancheva 2011)</li> <li>Samoan (Chapin, 1970), Tongan (Otsuka, 2006, fn. 7), a number of other Oceanic languages (Moyse-Faurie, 2008)</li> <li>Chamorro, an Austronesian language of the Mariana Islands.</li> </ul> <p>Chamorro is a verb-first language in which direct object pronoun forms precede the subject. Reflexive anaphors look like ordinary overt pronouns. Although the language can use special morphology to mark a verb whose direct object is reflexive, this special morphology is optional.</p> <p>This talk investigates the syntax and processing of pronouns in Chamorro.</p>
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