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  1. Johan Rooryck, Syntax: 'Atomism' and Binding by H. Bennis, P. Pica & J. Rooryck(Eds.)

Message 1: Syntax: 'Atomism' and Binding by H. Bennis, P. Pica & J. Rooryck(Eds.)

Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2000 16:58:30 +0100
From: Johan Rooryck <>
Subject: Syntax: 'Atomism' and Binding by H. Bennis, P. Pica & J. Rooryck(Eds.)

The book "'Atomism' and Binding" ed. by Hans Bennis, Pierre Pica and Johan
Rooryck, Dordrecht: Foris, 1997 is now distributed by Foris publications for
the price of DFL 65 (Incl. VAT).

The book can only be ordered from:

Foris Publications
Hillenraad 3
3334 BK Zwijndrecht
phone: 00 31 78 610 30 70

Holland Academic Graphics, the previous distributor of "'Atomism' and
Binding", has discontinued its activities.


Hans Bennis, Pierre Pica, & Johan Rooryck
'Atomism' and Binding

The sixteen papers in this volume provide a representative overview of the
broad range of issues relevant to the study of binding phenomena in the
generative framework. The volume contains contributions by Stephen Berman &
Arild Hestvik, George Aaron Broadwell, Hamida Demirdache, Robert Fiengo &
Robert May, Zygmunt Frajzyngier, Robert Freidin, Jeff Gruber, James
Higginbotham, Hajime Hoji, Jan Koster, Howard Lasnik, Seth Minkoff, Gertjan
Postma, Eric Reuland & Sigridur Sigurj�nsd�ttir, Ken Safir, and Christopher
Tancredi. In their introduction, the editors attempt to pull together some
of the main theoretical threads which run through the papers.

Since the inception of the theoretical interest in coreferential relations
in generative grammar, there has been a debate with respect to the question
as to whether and how (co)-reference should be represented in the grammar.
Notions such as OE(co)-indexation�, OEdisjoint reference�, OEfree� and OEbound�
play an important role in this discussion. Their relevance is explicitly
analyzed in many articles of this volume.

The role of thematic information in binding theory constitutes another
important line of inquiry. Various authors argue that thematic information
largely influences binding phenomena, although the specific proposals
expressing this relation differ quite substantially.

The discussion whether Binding theory is a component of sentence grammar or
a part of discourse grammar is also pursued in this book. Many papers
address this issue quite explicitly and delineate the respective roles of
sentence and discourse grammar in novel and intriguing ways.

Further topics investigated in this volume include the decomposition of
morphosyntactically complex anaphors, the relation between switch-reference
and binding, and the role of binding with respect to control.

Although the particular issues discussed differ considerably, their unity
lies in the empirical domain covered and the theoretical framework adopted.
This collection of papers offers a unique picture of the state of the art in
generative research on binding.

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