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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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Self‐Reflexives as Floating Quantifiers

Self‐Reflexives as Floating Quantifiers

(p.116) 4 Self‐Reflexives as Floating Quantifiers
Dissolving Binding Theory

Johan Rooryck

Guido Vanden Wyngaerd

Oxford University Press

This chapter tackles the syntax of self-reflexives. Such reflexives are derived from pronouns by adjoining a self-part to them, which provides them with the syntax of floating quantifiers. This claim is developed in two steps: first, it is shown that self-reflexives share a number of properties with intensifiers (e.g., The headmaster has seen me himself). Second, it is argued that the syntax of such intensifiers closely matches that of floating quantifiers. Finally, the syntax of self-reflexives is shown to be reducible to the syntax of floating quantifiers. Floating quantifiers must c-command its antecedent. So do self-reflexives: they overtly or covertly raise to an adjoined position from which they c-command their antecedents. As probes, they value their φ-features via an Agree relation with the antecedent they c-command. An account is developed for the logophoric uses of self-reflexives.

Keywords:   self-reflexive, complex reflexive, floating quantifier, intensifier, Probe, Goal, Agree, φ-features, logophor

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