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Tense, Aspect, and Indexicality$
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James Higginbotham

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239313

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239313.001.0001

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A Plea for Implicit Anaphora

A Plea for Implicit Anaphora

(p.195) 11 A Plea for Implicit Anaphora
Tense, Aspect, and Indexicality

James Higginbotham (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The subject matter of binding theory has in recent years been transformed. This theory was originally concerned with the syntactic distribution and semantic interpretation of the reflexive and reciprocal anaphora of English, and the distribution of anaphoric pronominals, these constituting the ‘atoms’ of anaphora in the sense of the conference to which a preliminary version of this chapter was presented Binding theory assumed a greater importance following the theoretical proposal that NP-trace is an anaphor, a proposal that was underwritten by the thesis that NP-trace could not occur in a position from which anaphora were excluded and pronominals permitted; and also following the interpretation of PRO in Chomsky (1981) as a species of ‘anaphoric pronominal’. This chapter considers and promotes a further expansion of binding theory, which is believed to preserve it nevertheless as a unified module of syntactic and semantic study. Under the expansion, binding theory is allowed to relate, either as anaphor or as antecedent, open positions in u-grids, which are referred to as implicit anaphora.

Keywords:   binding theory, implicit anaphora, semantics, u-grids

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