Anaphors and exemptness

A comparative treatment of binding in English and German




This paper discusses the behavior of picture NP reflexives in German and English. Taking the analysis of Pollard/Sag (1994) as a starting point, we show that their main conclusion for English, viz. that picture NP reflexives are exempt from Principle A, does not apply to German. As a first step, we present an alternative formulation of Principle A for German. But the principles proposed for German and English do not offer any explanation for the universal behavior of anaphors if they cannot be related to each other. We thusn propose a more general Principle A to hold universally. Individual, language-specific instantiations of this Principle A are derived from determining certain parameter settings.




How to Cite

Kiss, Tibor. 2001. Anaphors and exemptness: A comparative treatment of binding in English and German. The Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 182–197. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2000.11) ( (Accessed September 22, 2023.)