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Cross-Germanic variation in binding condition B

Hicks, Glyn (2012) Cross-Germanic variation in binding condition B In, Comparative Germanic Syntax: The State of the Art. Amsterdam, NL, John Benjamins Publishing Co pp. 169-198. (Linguistik Aktuell).

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Abstract

This paper offers explanations for apparent variation in the effects of Binding Condition B across English, Dutch, Frisian, Norwegian, Danish, and Icelandic. Three very different factors that influence binding possibilities for pronouns across these languages are identified: language-specific morphosyntactic features such as Case and agreement, an independent constraint blocking subject orientation of pronouns, and phonological properties of minimal binding domains. I argue that a binding theory that applies in narrow syntax (rather than at LF, say) is well placed to account for the observed variation, and offer a unified explanation for various hitherto unrelated empirical facts. With an approach that subsumes the effects of Condition B under more general syntactic principles, an appealing view of the variation emerges: the condition itself exhibits quite remarkable consistency across the languages examined, with different pronouns varying in their sensitivity to Condition B effects according to their individual morphosyntactic properties.

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Published date: August 2012
Organisations: Modern Languages

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Local EPrints ID: 182915
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/182915
ISBN: 978 90 272 5574 7
PURE UUID: 7174be1f-5a60-4d20-b1e0-79475d976968

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Date deposited: 28 Apr 2011 12:47
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:56

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