By Daniel Büring
This examine explores how other kinds of nominal expressions comparable to names, noun words and pronouns enhance anaphoric kin between every one one other that experience connection with actual components. supplying an intensive and accomplished advent to fashionable binding conception, this booklet introduces numerous nominal and, particularly, pronominal expressions from the world's languages. together with quite a few workouts and examples, the textbook should be important to graduate and complicated undergraduate scholars of syntax and semantics.
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The denotation of a sentence is a truth value, 1 or 0. What is closer to the intuitive meaning of a sentence, however, is not its truth value, but the truth conditions the interpretation procedure assigns to it, for example a statement of the form ‘[[S]] = 1 iff . . ’. The goal of semantic theory, after all, cannot be to determine if a sentence is true or false (unless it happens to be a tautologous or contradictory sentence), but to assign systematically to every sentence a description (in English or something resembling English) of the kind of situation in which it would be true.
First, as it is deﬁned over thematic roles, it captures certain parallelisms between NPs and PPs. 48) (a) We talked to John about himself. (b) ∗We talked to himself about John. (c) ∗We talked about John to himself. These examples (from Wilkins [1988b]:208) show that Goal (as realized by a complement of to) -commands Theme (as realized by a complement of about) and can therefore bind it, regardless of the fact that John doesn’t c-command himself, because the ﬁrst node dominating it is the PP. Second, -command allows a straightforward account of binding with socalled psych-verbs.
36), due to the fact that izy has the ‘Agent’ role in that sentence, which is higher than any other role in the -hierarchy. The initial appearance that binding asymmetries correlate with a hierarchy among phrase-structure positions (as established by c-command) is merely an epiphenomenon of the dependence of phrase structure upon this same thematic hierarchy. There are two more immediate advantages of -command over c-command. First, as it is deﬁned over thematic roles, it captures certain parallelisms between NPs and PPs.
Binding Theory (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics) by Daniel Büring