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Dissolving Binding Theory

Johan Rooryck and Guido Vanden Wyngaerd


This book adopts the strong Minimalist thesis that grammar contains no rules or principles specifically designed to account for anaphors and pronouns. Lexically, anaphors have unvalued φ-features, which need to be valued under Agree. This leads to the novel assumption that anaphors c-command their antecedents. This idea underlies the analysis of both simplex and complex reflexives. Simplex reflexives are merged in a configuration of inalienable possession, with the simplex reflexive c-commanding its antecedent inside a possessive small clause. Self-reflexives share the syntax of self-intensifi ... More

Keywords: anaphor, pronoun, binding, Agree, distributed morphology, reflexive, snake-sentences, inalienable possession, unaccusative, Axpart

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199691326
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691326.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Johan Rooryck, author
Professor of French Linguistics, Leiden University

Guido Vanden Wyngaerd, author
Professor of General and English Linguistics, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel