May 2016. Keynote talk at the STuTs student conference, Universtität Leipzig
The talk looks at two different phenomena involving person mismatch in language, where we have a form that is normally interpreted as being of person x, instead being used to refer to person y, namely: (i) indexical shift involving so-called "monsters" and (ii) imposters. I'll introduce both phenomena from scratch and argue that, despite their similarities, monsters and imposters are actually very different. In particular, only imposters involve a genuine case of form-meaning mismatch. Monsters seem to involve a mismatch (e.g. for person) on the surface, but in fact, if we look deeper, the mismatch is not one of form and meaning, but a different kind of mismatch, specifically one of the context against which the meaning of person is evaluated.