While definites are prototypically destressed if outside VP, allowing assignment of SA to the verb (cf.
The data show that pronouns are either fully destressed in the position to the left of adverbs (cf.
To conclude: apart from their generic use, indefinites can hardly ever be fully destressed.
observe that scrambled definites to the left of sentential adverbs are prototypically destressed and as such good candidates for D-linking in the spirit of Pesetsky (1987).
In (14c), the destressed definite NP can only be interpreted anaphorically, that is as referring to some specific bird, mentioned in the previous context.
They must scramble to the left of the sentence adverb to be destressed and get the required anaphoric reading.
In particular, while definites to the left of adverbs are prototypically destressed (fitting into the prosodic pattern of the data discussed so far), definite NPs and especially pronouns within VP do not HAVE to trigger a contrastive reading in all cases.
This holds independently of the fact of whether the indefinite is stressed or destressed, is generic or existentially bound:
The different behavior of pronouns and full NPs with respect to the violation of the AF-feature (pronouns cannot stay destressed within VP) can be ascribed to their distinct semantic specifications in terms of referentiality and anaphoricity, determining separate licensing conditions for D-linking.