The Syntax of Spatial Anaphora

Johan Rooryck and Guido Vanden Wyngaerd

in Dissolving Binding Theory

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199691326
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731785 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

The Syntax of Spatial Anaphora

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This chapter discusses so-called snake-sentences, i.e., the binding of reflexives and pronouns contained in spatial PPs. These constitute another context in which the Binding-theoretic complementary distribution between pronouns and anaphors breaks down. It is shown that the apparent lack of complementarity between pronoun and self-form in snake-sentences is only superficial. The choice between anaphor and pronoun depends on the syntactic behaviour of the Axpart projection of the locative preposition. This Axpart projection can either be bound from outside, licensing the pronoun, or entertain an Agree relation with its complement, the self-form. This analysis allows for a unified explanation for unnoticed data involving quantifier binding of pronouns, the observations regarding perspective or point of view discussed in Cantrall (1974) and Kuno (1987), and the precise interpretation of the locative relationship.

Keywords: snake-sentences; spatial PPs; pronoun; anaphor; Axpart; quantifier binding; perspective; point of view

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Subjects: Linguistics

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