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Linguistic Inquiry

Summer 2009, Vol. 40, No. 3, Pages 367-386
(doi: 10.1162/ling.2009.40.3.367)
© 2009 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Presupposition and Anaphora: Remarks on the Formulation of the Projection Problem
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Abstract

Writers on presupposition, and on the “projection problem” of determining the presuppositions of compound sentences from their component clauses, traditionally assign presuppositions to each clause in isolation. I argue that many presuppositional elements are anaphoric to previous discourse or contextual elements. In compound sentences, these can be other clauses of the sentence. We thus need a theory of presuppositional anaphora, analogous to the corresponding pronominal theory.