Adjuncts and the HPSG binding theory


  • Heike Walker University of Frankfurt am Main



The HPSG binding theory in Pollard and Sag (1994) cannot account for the binding-theoretic interaction between main clause and adjunct-internal elements. Following Hukari and Levine (1995), I claim that structural configurations must be taken into account. In this article, I present a revised version of Hukari and Levine's configurational relation called v(alence-based)-c-command and propose that Principle C must involve this relation in addition to the obliqueness-based relation of o-command. New data are provided that strongly support the proposed revision of the HPSG binding theory. Finally, I argue that Principle C is syntactic rather than pragmatic in nature.


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Walker, Heike. 2011. Adjuncts and the HPSG binding theory. Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 227–247. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2011.13) ( (Accessed December 10, 2023.)