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Dissolving Binding Theory$
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Johan Rooryck and Guido Vanden Wyngaerd

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199691326

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691326.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Dissolving Binding Theory

Johan Rooryck

Guido Vanden Wyngaerd

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter presents the main thesis adopted in this book: there are no grammatical rules that are specifically designed to account for the distribution of anaphors and pronouns in the grammar. Instead, the syntax of simplex and complex reflexives are related to that of constructions that share morphological and distributional properties with them. Anaphoricity is derived by the syntactic mechanism of Agree. This chapter also contains an outline of the rest of the chapters, which serves as a roadmap for the book.

Keywords:   grammatical rules, anaphors, pronouns, simplex reflexives, complex reflexives, Agree

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