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Title: Anaphora and Language Design
Written By: Eric J. Reuland
URL: http://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262515641
Series Title: Linguistic Inquiry Monographs
Description:

Pronouns and anaphors (including reflexives such as himself and herself)
may or must depend on antecedents for their interpretation. These
dependencies are subject to conditions that prima facie show substantial
crosslinguistic variation. In this monograph, Eric Reuland presents a
theory of how these anaphoric dependencies are represented in natural
language in a way that does justice to the the variation one finds across
languages. He explains the conditions on these dependencies in terms of
elementary properties of the computational system of natural language. He
shows that the encoding of anaphoric dependencies makes use of components
of the language system that all reflect different cognitive capacities;
thus the empirical research he reports on offers insights into the design
of the language system.

Reuland’s account reduces the conditions on binding to independent
properties of the grammar, none of which is specific to binding. He offers
a principled account of the roles of the lexicon, syntax, semantics, and
the discourse component in the encoding of anaphoric dependencies; a window
into the overall organization of the grammar and the roles of linguistic
and extralinguistic factors; a new typology of anaphoric expressions; a
view of crosslinguistic variation (examining facts in a range of languages,
from English, Dutch, Frisian, German, and Scandinavian languages to Fijian,
Georgian, and Malayalam) that shows unity in diversity.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: MIT Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0262015056
ISBN-13: 9780262015059
Pages: 457
Prices: U.S. $ 70

 
 
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ISBN: 0262515644
ISBN-13: 9780262515641
Pages: 457
Prices: U.S. $ 35