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Fri Oct 09 2009

Books: Syntax/Ling Theories: Lebeaux

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        1.    Diane Denner, Where Does Binding Theory Apply?: Lebeaux

Message 1: Where Does Binding Theory Apply?: Lebeaux
Date: 08-Oct-2009
From: Diane Denner <dennermit.edu>
Subject: Where Does Binding Theory Apply?: Lebeaux
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Title: Where Does Binding Theory Apply?
Series Title: Linguistic Inquiry Monograph
Published: 2009
Publisher: MIT Press

Book URL: http://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262012904

Author: David Lebeaux
Hardback: ISBN: 0262012901 9780262012904 Pages: 128 Price: U.S. $ 50.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0262512718 9780262512718 Pages: 128 Price: U.S. $ 25.00

This concise but wide-ranging monograph examines where the conditions of
Binding Theory apply and in doing so considers the nature of phrase
structure (in particular how case and theta roles apply) and the nature of
the lexical/functional split.

David Lebeaux begins with a revised formulation of binding theory. He
re-examines Chomsky's conjecture that all conditions apply at the
interfaces, in particular LF (or Logical Form), and argues instead that all
negative conditions, in particular Condition C, apply continuously
throughout the derivation.

Lebeaux draws a distinction between positive and negative conditions, which
have different privileges of occurrence according to the architecture of
the grammar. Negative conditions, he finds, apply homogeneously throughout
the derivation; positive conditions apply solely at LF. A hole in Condition
C then forces a reconsideration of the whole architecture of the grammar.
He finds that case and theta representations are split apart and are only
fused at later points in the derivation, after movement has applied.
Lebeaux's exploration of the relationship between case and theta theory
reveals a relationship of greater subtlety and importance than is generally
assumed. His arguments should interest syntacticians and those curious
about the foundations of grammar.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Written In: English (eng )

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