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Anaphora by Phase

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Abstract. 

This article provides evidence based on the phenomenon of reconstruction asymmetry in English, and anaphoric clitics in Romance to show that binding conditions—more specifically condition A—apply cyclically on the basis of information contained at the level of the syntactic phase. Given that cyclicity is a property of derivations, the facts analyzed here constitute evidence in favor of an essentially “derivational” approach to binding relations based on the central concept of syntactic phase. Evidence is also presented against LF analyses, which assume a “representational” approach to binding, and against an alternative derivational approach, which assumes that binding principles apply at arbitrary points in the syntactic derivation.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of California, Los Angeles Department of Spanish & Portuguese and Romance Linguistics & Literature Program 405 Hilgard Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90024 USA, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: December 1, 2008

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