PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEMS OF THE BINDING THEORY: BINDING AND COREFERENCE IN THE SEMANTICS OF REFLEXIVE PRONOUNS

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Filosofskie problemy strukturnoy lingvistiki: svyazyvanie i koreferentsiya v semantike vozvratnykh prityazhatel'nykh mestoimeniy
Author(s): 
Petr Kusliy
Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences
Issue number: 
No. 1 (Vol. 47)
Pages: 
120-139
Abstract: 

The paper discusses one of the central problems of contemporary formal semantics – counterexamples to the predictions of the theory of binding (due to N.Chomsky). In particular, the author addresses cases of the so-called coreferential readings of reflexive pronouns which are standardly predicted to receive only the bound reading. The author examines theories of T.Reinhart and I.Heim and suggests an extension of the latter theory in order to enable it to account for the aforementioned readings of reflexive pronouns.

Keywords: 
binding theory, coreference, syntax-semantics interface, pronouns, formal semantics
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