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Specificity and Existence: A Reply
Vol. 53, No. 1 (Mar., 1977), pp. 70-85
Published by: Linguistic Society of America
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/413056
Page Count: 16
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This paper, a reply to Rojas 1977, re-affirms my conclusion (Rivero 1975) that specificity is marked in Spanish NP's by the mood of restrictive modifiers, and that it is independent of the degree of definiteness and the existential claims associated with those NP's. Specific and non-specific NP's alike may be referring expressions depending on their position in sentences. However, contrary to what I previously assumed, the notion of specificity is not connected with the pragmatic distinction between the referential and attributive uses of definite descriptions.
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