Obligatory control and local reflexives
Why do locally bound reflexives (LBR) and obligatorily controlled PRO (OC-PRO) <i>only</i> have <i>de se</i> interpretations in the scope of verbs like ‘expect’ and ‘believe’, while other pronouns can but need not support such interpretations? We argue that occurrences of LBR and OC-PRO result from <i>copying</i>, which is distinct from <i>co-indexing</i>, and that copying is construed as a special case of co-indexing. Often, this distinction is truth-conditionally irrelevant. Even when a psychological verb lies between coindexed expressions, the resulting sentence can be “made true” in many ways, including <i>de se</i> ways. But if the matrix and embedded subjects are copies, this imposes a further constraint that only <i>de se</i> interpretations meet, given available distinctions in thought. On this view, which posits no special pronouns that conspire with an antecedent to create distinctively first-personal meanings, <i>de se</i> interpretations are accommodated with spare theoretical apparatus in syntax and semantics.