The Derivation of Anaphoric Relations
The Derivation of Anaphoric Relations resolves a conspicuous problem for Minimalist theory, the apparently representational nature of the binding conditions. Hicks adduces a broad variety of evidence against the binding conditions applying at LF and builds upon the insights of recent proposals by Hornstein, Kayne, and Reuland by reducing them to the core narrow-syntactic operations (specifically, Agree and Merge). Several novel and independently motivated claims about syntactic features and phases are made, not only explaining the previously stipulated roles played by c-command, reference, and locality, but furnishing the dervational binding theory with sufficient flexibility to capture some long-problematic empirical phenomena: These include connectivity effects, 'picture-noun' reflexives in English, and anaphor/pronoun non-complementarity. Specific proposals are also made for extending the derivational approach to accommodate structured crosslinguistic variation in binding, with thorough expositions and analyses of the Dutch, Norwegian, and Icelandic pronominal systems.
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Notes for the reader
Binding theory and the Minimalist programme
The binding theory does not apply at LF
Eliminating Condition A
Eliminating Condition B
A-movement Agree analysis anaphor binding anaphors and pronouns antecedent applies at LF approach argues argument assume assumptions binding conditions binding domain binding relations binding theory bound pronouns c-command chapter Chomsky Chomsky’s clitic complementary distribution Condition B effect Condition B violation configuration constraints coreference Dutch ECM complement ECM subject ECM verb embedded empirical enters the derivation Everaert explain fact framework grammatical Hellan Hestvik Hiberno-English himi himselfi Hornstein Icelandic infinitival inherently reflexive interfaces interpretation John Kayne Koster Lasnik Lebeaux lexical items locally bound Mary matrix subject Maximise Featural Economy Merge minimal LF-phase Minimalist movement narrow syntax narrow-syntactic non-complementarity nonlocal nonlocal binding Norwegian object operation otheri phase phonological possible predicted probing pronominal proposed R-expression reciprocal referential reflexive pronoun reflexive verbs reflexivisation Reinhart & Reuland relevant semantic sentences speakers Spell-Out subject position subjunctive syntactic Taraldsen theoretical Thráinsson tion ungrammatical unvalued feature valued verb wh-movement zich zichzelf