<i>Tell me about yourself</i>

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This paper offers an innovative Columbia School account of English -<i>self </i>pronouns (<i>myself</i>, <i>yourself</i>, etc.). The analysis rejects the view that the distribution of -<i>self </i>pronouns is a reflex of syntactic structure, as well as the traditional characterization of -<i>self </i>as a reflexive pronoun. Instead, -<i>self </i>forms are hypothesized to signal a constant meaning, insistence on a referent, which accounts for the forms’ distribution in authentic texts. This approach has led to the discovery that -<i>self </i>forms contribute to the same types of interpretations across a wide range of different structural contexts, including not only reflexive and emphatic uses, but also <i>like</i>-phrases, picture noun phrases, logophoric uses, conjoined expressions, and other environments.


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