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Anaphora and Language Design: Volume 62 - Linguistic Inquiry Monographs (Paperback)
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Anaphora and Language Design: Volume 62 - Linguistic Inquiry Monographs (Paperback)

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A study on anaphoric dependencies that derives the conditions on anaphora in natural language from the design properties of the language system. Pronouns and anaphors (including reflexives such as himself and herself) may or must depend on antecedents for their interpretation. These dependencies are subject to conditions that prima facie show substantial crosslinguistic variation. In this monograph, Eric Reuland presents a theory of how these anaphoric dependencies are represented in natural language in a way that does justice to the the variation one finds across languages. He explains the conditions on these dependencies in terms of elementary properties of the computational system of natural language. He shows that the encoding of anaphoric dependencies makes use of components of the language system that all reflect different cognitive capacities; thus the empirical research he reports on offers insights into the design of the language system. Reuland's account reduces the conditions on binding to independent properties of the grammar, none of which is specific to binding. He offers a principled account of the roles of the lexicon, syntax, semantics, and the discourse component in the encoding of anaphoric dependencies; a window into the overall organization of the grammar and the roles of linguistic and extralinguistic factors; a new typology of anaphoric expressions; a view of crosslinguistic variation (examining facts in a range of languages, from English, Dutch, Frisian, German, and Scandinavian languages to Fijian, Georgian, and Malayalam) that shows unity in diversity.

Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780262515641
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


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[A] game-and paradigm-changer in the field of anaphoric relations...Highly recommended to all interested scholars working in the field of anaphora, regardless of their theoretical background. -The Linguist List

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