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Epistemology & Philosophy of Science

Volume 47, Issue 1, 2016

Petr Kusly
Pages 120-139

Philosophical Problems of the Binding Theory
Binding and Coreference in the Semantics of Reflexive Pronouns

The paper discusses one of the central problems of contemporary formal semantics — counterexamples to the predictions of the theory of binding (due to N. Chomsky). In particular, the author addresses cases of the so-called coreferential readings of reflexive pronouns which are standardly predicted to receive only the bound reading. The author examines theories of T. Reinhart and I. Heim and suggests an extension ofthe latter theory in order to enable it to account for the aforementioned readings of reflexive pronouns.

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