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Why the binding theory doesn’t apply at LF

Hicks, Glyn (2008) Why the binding theory doesn’t apply at LF Syntax, 11, (3), pp. 255-280. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9612.2008.00115.x).

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Abstract

This article argues that the relegation of the binding theory to the C-I interface (LF) is theoretically undesirable and empirically unwarranted. Recent Minimalist research has sought to eliminate the binding theory from UG by reducing its conditions to narrow-syntactic operations (Hornstein 2000, 2006; Reuland 2001, 2006; Kayne 2002; Zwart 2002, 2006; Hicks 2006). This approach remains controversial since the canonical Minimalist binding theory (Chomsky 1993; Chomsky and Lasnik 1993) views the binding conditions as interpretive rules applying at LF, supported by evidence that Condition A interacts with other interpretive phenomena assumed to be determined at LF (Lebeaux 1998; Fox and Nissenbaum 2004). While the interaction of anaphor binding and scope relations in particular is not disputed, I show that it is attributable to factors outside the binding theory, namely the requirement that variables (including anaphors) must be c-commanded by their binders at LF. Deprived of its strongest empirical argument, the LF binding theory can then be picked apart.

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Published date: December 2008
Keywords: pronouns, binding theory, minimalism, lf

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Local EPrints ID: 63834
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/63834
ISSN: 1368-0005
PURE UUID: b0133e3e-d686-4d82-b6af-802c70a4df2b

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Date deposited: 15 Jan 2009
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:15

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