Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The antireflexive: a clearer elucidation

I previously had an idea I called 'the antireflexive'. Rereading it, I think I descibed it rather unclearly. The obvious objection is:

how does this differ from just relabeling third person pronouns as antireflexive, and reflexive pronouns as third person pronouns?

The difference appears whenever a reflexive reading is impossible - person, gender or number differences, etc.

He sees her = not reflexive

She sees him = not reflexive

He sees him = reflexive

He sees else-him =  anti-reflexive

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