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Binding as Co-indexing vs. Binding as Movement: Evidence from Personal Datives

Youssef A. Haddad
2013 Proceedings of the annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society  
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt:Personal dative constructions (PDCs) are problematic from a syntactic perspective because they seem to violate Condition B of Binding Theory without leading to ungrammaticality. Condition B states that a pronoun should be locally free. Therefore, by allowing a pronoun to be coreferential with a local c-commanding antecedent, PDCs are expected to induce a violation, but they don't. How can syntactic theory account for these facts in a principled
more » ... in a principled way? I explore two approaches, focusing on Southern American English and Lebanese Arabic, both of which indicate that PDCs fall outside the constraints of Binding Theory, which explains why their realization as free pronouns does not lead to ungrammaticality.
doi:10.3765/bls.v39i1.3869 fatcat:vrruvqjs7nhnngkbricmif6oxm