Document Type



Master of Arts


Department of English

First Advisor's Name

Ellen Thompson

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Major professor

Date of Defense



The study of anaphora challenges us to determine the conditions under which the pronouns of a language are associated with possible antecedents. One of the theoretical questions is whether the distribution of pronominal forms is best explained by a syntactic, semantic or discourse level analysis. A more practical question is how we distinguish between anaphoric elements, e.g. what are the borders between the notions of pronouns, locally bound reflexives and long-distance reflexives? The study analyzes the anaphora device saj in Dargin that is traditionally considered to be a long-distance reflexivization language. We show that the previous research did not cover all uses of saj that are essential for the notion of long-distance reflexivization and logophoricity. The course of analysis leads to the conclusion that saj does not have the syntactic restrictions imposed on long-distance reflexives or logophors in other languages.



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