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Studies in Modern Grammar Vol.76 pp.1-22

A Lexico-Syntactic Approach to Binding Conditions A and B*

Kwang-sup Kim
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
Received: November 11, 2013, Revised version: December 9, 2013, Accepted: January 5, 2014


Binding Conditions A and Bare quite useful generalizations, but they raise many fundamental questionssuch as 'why must an anaphor be bound within a local domain, but not outsideof it?', and 'why does a pronominal obey an almost opposite constraint?' and'how is the local domain defined?'. This article explores the possibility ofproviding answers to those fundamental questions by assuming that bindingconditions have both lexical and syntactic aspects. I claim that self is a reflexivepredicate that requires its two arguments to be co-indexed, whereas anon-reflexive predicate like like requires its two arguments not to beco-indexed.