The Interpretation of Anaphoric Relations from Syntactic Form

Ken Safir

in The Syntax of Anaphora

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195166132
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788460 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

 The Interpretation of Anaphoric Relations from Syntactic Form

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This chapter outlines the relation between the representation of anaphoric relations and the interpretation of anaphoric dependencies. The existence of coindexation and disjoint reference is challenged, since all that grammar needs to characterize are relations of dependent identity and obviation, and the inclusiveness condition precludes relational indices and coindexation. Disjoint reference as an interpretive artifact of theories of indices is rejected in favor of obviation relations that determine expected non-covaluation in certain contexts, where obviation is pragmatic and can be overcome in contexts of discrimination. The c-command licensing approach to pronouns interpreted as bound variables is rejected in favor of an approach that permits bound anaphora wherever a c-command condition does not restrict it.

Keywords: indices; disjoint reference; obviation; discrimination; bound variable anaphora

Chapter.  15933 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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