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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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Extending the Analysis

Extending the Analysis

(p.153) 5 Extending the Analysis
Dissolving Binding Theory

Johan Rooryck

Guido Vanden Wyngaerd

Oxford University Press

This chapter extends the analysis. The first extension is to reflexives contained in PPs, which pose a problem for the syntactic analysis developed in Chapters 3 and 4. It is argued that PPs come in two kinds: functional ones and spatial/temporal ones. These occupy different configurational positions in the tree. Both types of PPs show different behaviour with regard to binding of anaphors and pronouns contained in them, due to their different configurational position in the tree. The second issue is that of nonlocal reflexives. These constitute a more recalcitrant problem, left as a matter for further research. Finally, the consequences of the analysis for simplex and complex reflexives in other languages are evaluated. It is argued that French, Italian, German, and Swedish se reflexives are morphologically complex, and can figure in both the configurations of simplex zich and complex zichzelf in Dutch.

Keywords:   simplex reflexive, self-reflexive, complex reflexive, functional PP, spatial PP, anaphor, pronoun, nonlocal reflexive

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