The Syntax of Anaphora

Paperback | March 23, 2004

byKen Safir

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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 are no parameters of anaphora - that all anaphora-specific principles are universal, and thatthe patterns of anaphora across languages arise entirely from a restricted set of lexical properties. This comprehensive consideration of anaphora redirects current thinking on the subject.

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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 algorit...

Ken Safir is Professor of Linguistics at Rutgers University. He is also the author of The Syntax of (In)Dependence (2003).
Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 5.98 × 9.21 × 1.1 inPublished:March 23, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195166140

ISBN - 13:9780195166149

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"This monograph is a valuable contribution to the study of anaphora since it attempts to address a broad spectrum of phenomenon relevant for the study of anaphoric dependencies."--Linguist List