The Derivation of Anaphoric Relations

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 309 pages
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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Contents

Acknowledgments
Notes for the reader
Introduction
Binding theory and the Minimalist programme
The binding theory does not apply at LF
Eliminating Condition A
Eliminating Condition B
Extensions to other Germanic languages
Conclusions
Bibliography
Index
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