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Title: Terms of Binding
Written By: Anca Sevcenco
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series

The present dissertation aimed at achieving two goals. First, it
constitutes an attempt to widen the search for phenomena that bear
relevance to the idea
that binding has a syntactic residue and is not, therefore, an exclusively
semantic matter. Second, it tried to provide the technical means to account for
these phenomena. The case of the non-local binding of the Romanian bare
reflexive sine (self) is used to back up the view that the syntactic
residue of binding exists and should be extended so as to include
A'-dependencies. Syntactically-encoded non-local binding is defined as a
type of binding dependency that violates the Specified Subject Constraint.
Non-locally bound anaphors, of the type instantiated by sine, are
identified by a set of properties that include: subject orientation,
c-command by both the local and the non-local antecedents and the
restriction to the bound variable reading. There are diagnostics that point
to the conclusion that non-local anaphors that meet these properties link
up to their antecedents as the result of an A'-dependency having been

The diagnostics include (i) the ungrammaticality of non-local binding out
of adjunct islands and its very marginal acceptability out of relative
clause islands and (ii) blocking of non-local binding by local
wh-antecedents and quantified antecedents. The possibility of Romanian
non-local sine to enter an A'-dependency with its non-local antecedents is
determined by the morphosyntactic properties of this bare reflexive form,
i.e. by the feature specification it carries from the Lexicon.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Subject Language(s): Romanian
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9789078328179
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 197
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