Anaphora: A Cross-linguistic Study by Yan Huang

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By Yan Huang

Realizing any verbal exchange is determined by the listener or reader spotting that a few phrases check with what has already been stated or written (his, its, he, there, etc.). This mode of reference, anaphora, includes complex cognitive and syntactic techniques, which individuals often practice unerringly, yet which current ambitious difficulties for the linguist and cognitive scientist attempting to clarify accurately how comprehension is accomplished. Yan Huang offers an intensive and available evaluation of the main modern matters surrounding anaphora and provides a severe survey of the various and numerous modern techniques to it. He presents by way of a ways the fullest cross-linguistic account but released: Dr Huang's survey and research are according to a wealthy choice of info drawn from round 450 of the world's languages.

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D) Wh-traces/variables Who did Brahms admire t. 2. Binding theory Of the four types of NP listed in (2. 1 ), anaphors, pronominals, and r[eferential]-expressions, that is, such NPs with the features [ -anaphor, 18 Syntactic Approaches to Anaphora -pronominal] as names and wh-traces/variables, are subject to binding conditions A, B and C respectively (see also Chomsky 1 995). 4) Chomsky's binding conditions A. An anaphor is bound in a local domain. B. A pronominal is free in a local domain. C. An r-expression is free.

32) (Vietnamese, Lasnik 1 9 89) (a) *Noj thuong Johnj . likes John he 'He likes John. ' (b) *Noj tin Johnj s e thiiilg. lnj ch:>':lp C:>:>nj . liiiit. 34) (Thai, Lasnik 1 989) (a) * Khiiwj ch:l':>p C:>:>nj . ' (b) * Khiiwj khit waa C:>:>nj chaJiiiit. he . thinks that John is smart 'He thinks that John is smart. ' Comparing and contrasting English, Vietnamese, and Thai, two interesting observations emerge. The first is that for binding of an r-expression by a pronoun, binding condition C seems to hold without exception in all three languages.

The reason is that within the principles-and-parameters theory, an overt NP requires Case-the central tenet of Case theory. 58), simultaneously. 58) Case Filter *NP if NP has a phonetic metric and has no Case. It follows therefore that where PRO is sanctioned, overt NPs are not toler­ ated; where overt NPs are allowed, PRO is not permitted. This prediction in general is also borne out for English, as can easily be verified by the reader. Finally, both the antecedent of PRO and PRO itself have to be an argu­ ment and cannot be an expletive.

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