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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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Binding, Agree, and the Elsewhere Principle

Binding, Agree, and the Elsewhere Principle

(p.6) 2 Binding, Agree, and the Elsewhere Principle
Dissolving Binding Theory

Johan Rooryck

Guido Vanden Wyngaerd

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the central assumptions about Agree and Distributed Morphology adopted in this study. These assumptions are sufficient to account for absence of Principle B effects, i.e., the observation that in many languages pronouns take over anaphoric duties when a dedicated anaphor is lacking. An account of this generalization is developed in terms of the Elsewhere principle. More specifically, it is shown that the framework of Distributed Morphology framework allows for a precise formal analysis of a wide array of data conforming to this generalization, including the diachrony of English, Haitian Creole, and the delay of Principle B effects in L1 acquisition.

Keywords:   Elsewhere principle, anaphor, φ-features, pronoun, Delay of Principle B, Absence of Principle B effect, Agree, Distributed Morphology, L1 acquisition

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