[erg] semantics of "so" as in "do so"

Paul Haley paul at haleyai.com
Wed Oct 9 14:34:36 CEST 2013

Hi Emily!

Yes, but I'm suggest that "pro-" is "pronomial" not "proto"!-) 
Generally, don't we want elipsis to be reflected in the semantics?  That 
is, in the "u" and "i" type variables in the MRS (or unresolved pronouns)?

Shouldn't the MRS for for that doing have an argument to be resolved 
against the situational argument for the moving?  That argument would be 
"so" treated as a pronoun, which seems the proper semantics since the 
"so" actually/semantically references some event/situation, no?  That 
is, if pronomial "so" was the direct object of "do" here, I think all 
would be well.


On 10/8/2013 9:14 PM, Emily M. Bender wrote:
> Hello Paul,
> It looks like "do so" is being treated as a "pro-verb", and that seems 
> appropriate to me.  Proverbs (like ellipsis) take their interpretation 
> from context.  So this says basically that
> x6 is doing something, but what that something is needs to be resolved.
> Emily
> On Tue, Oct 8, 2013 at 9:33 AM, Paul Haley <paul at haleyai.com 
> <mailto:paul at haleyai.com>> wrote:
>     Hi All,
>     In the following, it seems that "so" is more of a pronoun than a
>     preposition (at least it seems "so" to me!).
>     I would appreciate your thoughts on getting reasonable logic from
>     the ERG for this sentence, which is quite interesting when you
>     also consider quantification...
>     Thank you and best regards,
>     Paul
> -- 
> Emily M. Bender
> Associate Professor
> Department of Linguistics
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