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ERIC Number: ED414729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 16
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Binding Principle for Long-Distance Anaphors.
Choi, Dong-Ik
Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics, v22 n1 p57-71 1997
An analysis of long-distance anaphora, a binding phenomenon in which reflexives find their antecedents outside their local domain, is presented, using data from English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Icelandic, and Italian. It is found that no approach deals with long-distance anaphors exclusively and elegantly. The binding domain parametrizing approach, allowing only two domains loosely, cannot deal with the variations of the binding domain language by language, and can not deal with examples that do not observe rigorous c-commanding requirement between anaphors and their antecedents. The governing-category parametrizing approach can not deal with a long-distance anaphor that is not c-commanded by its antecedent. The subject parametrizing approach and anaphor movement approach both have problems similar to that of the binding domain parametrizing approach. Two mechanisms should be included in any insightful approach to long-distance anaphors across languages: strict and precise parametrization according to language, and escape of the c-commanding requirements in certain constructions. Any semantic or thematic theory should intervene in the explanation of long-distance anaphors, because syntactic theory alone can not explain that substitution of a predicate can affect long-distance anaphora in certain contexts. Contains 16 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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