29.2927, Books: The Grammar of Binding: Zubkov

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Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:45:39
From: Karijn Hootsen [gw.uilots.lot at uu.nl]
Subject: The Grammar of Binding: Zubkov


Title: The Grammar of Binding 
Subtitle: A study with reference to Russian 
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series  

Publication Year: 2018 
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)

Book URL: https://www.lotpublications.nl/the-grammar-of-binding 

Author: Peter Zubkov

Paperback: ISBN:  9789460932816 Pages: 178 Price: Europe EURO 30.00


This thesis presents a study of syntactic constraints on the Russian
reflexives sebja and svoj. Though they are usually subject-oriented and in
complementary distribution with pronominals, this is not always the case.
Furthermore, under certain conditions they demonstrate some hitherto poorly
understood locality patterns and interpretive effects. They also have a wider
distribution NP-internally than reflexives in many better-studied languages
and thus offer interesting research opportunities.

In this dissertation the Russian reflexives are considered to realize bundles
of interpretable φ-features valued derivationally in feature sharing
dependencies with the antecedents. It is argued that the anaphoric
dependencies are based on person or number separately, which accounts for many
of their properties identified here and is enabled by defective φ-feature
probes. The proposed analysis assumes no features or principles specific to
the reflexives. General constraints on the Agree operation are discussed and

It is shown that the complementary distribution of reflexives and pronominals
as an effect of Agree holds for every alternating derivation separately, so if
the alternatives don't converge on the same antecedent their superposition may
result in apparent non-complementarity. This presents a challenge to
transderivational approaches to pronominal distribution.

This dissertation may be of interest to researchers working on syntactic
anaphora, φ-features, and the nature of Agree, as well as to those relying on
the distribution of reflexives and pronominals in Slavic languages as a
diagnostic tool in syntactic analysis.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Subject Language(s): Russian (rus)

Written In: English  (eng)

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