The Syntax of Anaphora

  title={The Syntax of Anaphora},
  author={K. Safir},
In this work, Ken Safir develops a comprehensive theory on the role of anaphora in syntax. First, he contends that the complementary distribution of forms that support the anaphoric readings is not accidental, contrary to most current thinking, but rather should be derived from a principle, one that he proposes in the form of an algorithm. Secondly, he maintains that dependent identity relations are always possible where they are not prohibited by a constraint. Lastly, he proposes that there… Expand
Adding Semantics to Safir's The Syntax of Anaphora (K. Safir, The Syntax of Anaphora)
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Binding and ellipsis: is a traditional theory still viable?
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One True Anaphor
  • K. Safir
  • Mathematics
  • Linguistic Inquiry
  • 2014
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