Towards a definition of SUBJECT in binding domains and subject-oriented anaphora

De Vos, M. (2007) Towards a definition of SUBJECT in binding domains and subject-oriented anaphora. Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics (SPIL), 37 . pp. 23-65. ISSN 1027-3417



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The question of subjecthood has dogged linguistic science since ancient times. However, in current versions of Minimalism, subjects do not have primitive status and can only be defined in derived terms. However, subjects and the broader theoretical notion of SUBJECT remain important in linguistic description. This paper develops a definition of subjecthood in terms of set-theoretic notions of functional dependency: when a feature, say phi, determines the value of some other feature, say u-phi. This notion is used to describe various phenomena where subjecthood has been invoked: binding domains and subject-oriented anaphors.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:subject, subjecthood, subject oriented anaphora, binding domain, functional dependency, subject asymmetry
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Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > English Language and Linguistics
ID Code:864
Deposited By: Dr Mark De Vos
Deposited On:03 Dec 2007
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