Quantificational binding does not require C-command

Chris Barker

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    Some version of the following claim is almost universally assumed: a quantifier must c-command any pronoun that it binds. Yet as I show, the evidence motivating this claim is not particularly strong. In addition, I gather here a wide variety of systematic counterexamples, some well-known, others new. I conclude that c-command is not relevant for quantificational binding in English (nor is any refinement or extension of c-command).

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)614-633
    Number of pages20
    JournalLinguistic Inquiry
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Oct 2012


    • Binding
    • C-command
    • Quantification
    • Reinhart's generalization
    • Scope

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Linguistics and Language


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