Binding Theory

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Februar 2005



Binding theory seeks to explain how different kinds of nominal expressions such as names, noun phrases and pronouns have anaphoric relations amongst one another, and how they come to have reference to things in the world. This textbook provides a thorough and comprehensive introduction to modern binding theory. Starting at a very basic level, it introduces the reader to a huge variety of nominal and especially pronominal expressions from the world's languages, the ways they can be used, and current theorising about their grammatical properties and their interpretation. Daniel B,ring discusses a wide range of cross-linguistic data and theoretical approaches, and unlike in existing introductions, pairs the discussion of syntactic facts with a detailed introduction to the semantic interpretation of binding structures. Written in a clear and accessible style, and with numerous exercises and examples, this textbook will be invaluable to graduate and advanced undergraduate students of syntax and semantics.


1. The ABC of binding theory; 2. Interpreting indexed structures; 3. Domains and orientation; 4. Binding versus co-reference; 5. Other cases of semantic binding; 6. The co-reference rule; 7. Descriptive pronouns and individual concepts; 8. Semantic binding and c-command; 9. Plurals; 10. Reciprocals; 11. Exempt anaphora and reflexivity; 12. Binding and movement.


Daniel Buring is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

EAN: 9780521012225
ISBN: 0521012228
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2005
Seitenanzahl: 292 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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