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A question about Binding Theory

In Binding Theory, Principle B says a pronoun must be free in its binding domain. But I wonder if there are any other constraints? For example, "He says her is great". In this way, "her" is free in ...
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How can we understand Anaphoric Agreement Principle?

In Binding Theory, Anaphoric Agreement Principle says "Coindexed NPs should agree". It excludes the situation like "I(i) like himself(i)". But what confuses me is if two NPs are coindexed, they ...
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What's the difference between coindexing and coreferential? [closed]

Here is a sentence. I(i) enjoy yourself(i). Can we say "I" and "yourself" are coindexed but not coreferential?
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Binding Puzzle in English Generative Syntax!

Consider the following sentences: (1) Anna believes [ IP herself to be a hero] ] (2) Anna wants [ IP him to leave] ] (3) *Anna wants [ IP herself to leave ] ] (1) is an example of Exceptional Case ...
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Does this sentence violate Principle A of Binding Theory?

In the sentence John(i) wanted to buy himself(i) a pair of shoes. With (i) to mark co-indexation. Is the anaphor "himself" bound in its binding domain? Or is the binder in a separate domain ...
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Causatives and Reflexives

Causatives have been analysed as a single clause with a split-VP. If the binding of reflexives is only possible intra-clausally, why is there this contrast ingrammaticality? [Mary]i let [John]j kill ...
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What part of a non-restrictive relative clause corefers?

I am trying to figure out what components of a non-restrictive relative clause (if any) corefer with a previously mentioned antecedent. Here is the example I am working with: “Mandy Monroe, one of ...
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When do C-Domain and Binding Domain mean different things?

I'm reading the paper Constraints on Null Pronouns by Speas, in which the author defines two constraints for a cross-linguistic OT analysis of the occurrence of null pronouns across languages: ...
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Is there any good, theory-neutral definition of long-distance reflexives in the literature?

Long distance reflexives/anaphora/binding are much discussed in the literature, particularly among generativists, but while there seems to be rough agreement on what constitutes a long-distance ...
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Is case of PRO always the same as its controller?

I have a question about empty category PRO. I'd like to know if PRO is always bearing the same case as its controller, or not? Are there any lingusitics laws that clames such a thing? Many Thanks ...
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Is the sentence “His only sibing is John's brother ” violating Principle C of Binding Theory?

In this sentence, Semantically 'his' and 'John' come to refer to the same person. Hence, both "his" and "John" are co-indexed. However,Principle C states that an R-expression like "John" needs to be ...
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Binding theory - coindexes that produce grammatical sentences

Binding Principle C states that an R-expression must be free. Consider the following sentence: [Steven King]i is [Richard Bachman]i. (Richard Bachman is Steven King's pen name) The sentence is ...
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Problem understanding binding theory and c-command

I am reading about binding theory and I have a little problem. The book (1) says that: A binds B iff: (i) A c-commands B; (ii) A and B are co-indexed. and c-commanding is defined as the following: ...