LINGUIST List 10.1928

Tue Dec 14 1999

Books: Chinese Syntax

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  1. Hidehito Hoshi, Syntax: Anaphor in Mandarin Chinese and Binding at the Interface

Message 1: Syntax: Anaphor in Mandarin Chinese and Binding at the Interface

Date: Thu, 9 Dec 1999 09:47:16 -0800 (PST)
From: Hidehito Hoshi <>
Subject: Syntax: Anaphor in Mandarin Chinese and Binding at the Interface

Irvine Linguistics Students Association (ILSA) is pleased to announce the
publication of the following UCI Dissertation.


Cheng-Sheng Liu 1999
"Anaphor in Mandarin Chinese and Binding at the Interface"


This thesis studies (1) the reflexives in Mandarin Chinese along with
Binding Condition A effects; and (2) antecedent-contained deletion
(ACD) constructions, especially Mandarin Chinese clausal comparatives
(MCCCs), along with Binding Condition C effects.

>From the macroscopic aspect, our investigation of Mandarin Chinese
reflexives suggests that a fundamental distinction must be drawn to
distinguish syntactic reflexives (anaphors) from discourse-pragmatic
reflexives. We propose and defend the hypothesis that the
syntax/pragmatics dividing line between anaphors and
discourse-pragmatic reflexives is the traditional GC as in Huang
(1983). The set of discourse-pragmatic reflexives is composed of
logophors and intensive pronouns.

>From the microscopic aspect, our study of the bare reflexive ziji
'self' and its complex counterpart ta-ziji 'himself' shows that the
reflexive ziji 'self' must refer to the real self whereas the anaphor
ta-ziji 'himself' may refer to a duplicated self. This conclusion
implies that identity and (co)reference must be viewed as decomposable
and nonmonadic notions. We claim that the difference between ziji
'self' and ta-ziji 'himself' can be derived from the linguistic
representation of animate entities in terms of time-slices.

Finally, we study Binding Condition C in ACD constructions and related
anaphoric binding phenomena. We first argue that a certain type of
MCCCs can be analyzed as an ACD construction. We then show the range
of syntactic/semantic complexities in MCCCs, including the obviation
of Binding Condition C, Dahl's Puzzle, and the obviation of Dahl's
Puzzle. A PF-Deletion analysis which assumes QR is proposed. The
motivation for QR in LF pied-piping fashion in MCCCs is to satisfy the
LF Identity Condition on Ellipsis, and QR must be subject to the
principles of Economy. The interaction between QR in LF pied-piping
and Economy consideration provides explanation for the obviation of
Binding Condition C shown by MCCCs. The LF Identity Condition on
Ellipsis must apply to the output of Heim's (1998) Locality Condition
on Variable Binding such that, after the point at which the derivation
branches out to PF, a new LF cycle begins and proceeds in 'reverse
c-command' fashion.

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