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Binding Constraints

The binding constraints we assume are essentially those found in chapter 6.4 of [24]:

\item[principle A.] A locally o-commanded ana... o-free.
\item[principle C.] A non-pronoun must be o-free.

In [24] the notion o-command is defined in terms of the SUBCAT list: a referential sign X locally o-commands Y iff X precedes Y on SUBCAT. The general notion o-command then holds between X and Y iff X locally o-commands a Z, and Z dominates Y.

The fact that arguments can be shared in SUBCAT lists raises the question how we should interpret the principles of binding. For example, principle B can be understood at least in two ways:

We show that if the binding constraints are defined with respect to SUBCAT lists then both interpretations give rise to problems. As an alternative we will then use the feature ARG-S introduced in [11] to account for the binding data from Dutch.

Noord G.J.M. van