Remarks on Binding Theory


  • Carl Pollard Ohio State University



We propose some reformulations of binding principle A that build on recent work by Pollard and Xue, and by Runner et al. We then turn to the thorny issue of the status of indices, in connection with the seemingly simpler Principle B. We conclude that the notion of index is fundamentally incoherent, and suggest some possible approaches to eliminating them as theoretical primitives. One possibility is to let logical variables take up the explanatory burden borne by indices, but this turns out to be fraught with difficulties. Another approach, which involves returning to the idea that referentially dependent expressions denote identity functions (as proposed, independently, by Pollard and Sag and by Jacobson) seerms to hold more promise.


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Pollard, Carl. 2005. Remarks on Binding Theory. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 561–577. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2005.32) ( (Accessed September 22, 2023.)