© 1994

Case, Scope, and Binding


Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 30)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Maria Bittner
    Pages 1-48
  3. Maria Bittner
    Pages 49-92
  4. Maria Bittner
    Pages 93-144
  5. Maria Bittner
    Pages 145-187
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 188-205

About this book


Case, Scope, and Binding investigates the relation between syntax and semantics within a framework which combines the syntactic Government-Binding theory with a novel cross-linguistic theory of case and semantics. It is argued that case assignment, agreement, syntactic binding relations, as well as the minimum scopes of operators, are all determined by the relations which hold at the level of s-structure. Cross-linguistic variation with respect to these phenomena is due to corresponding variations at the s-structure level. The minimum scope of an operator cannot exceed its c-command domain at s-structure, but may be reduced by certain semantic mechanisms. The availability of any wider scope option depends on the possibility of movement at LF. The proposed theory is tested in detail against the facts of Inuit (Eskimo-Aleut family), an ergative language with typologically unusual scope and binding relations.
For linguists and philosophers interested in syntax, semantics, or the syntax-semantics interface.


Flexive Index language Nominativ predicative pronominal quantifiers semantic semantics subject syntactic Syntax

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Case, Scope, and Binding
  • Authors M. Bittner
  • Series Title Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publisher 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-2649-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4020-0295-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-1412-7
  • Series ISSN 0924-4670
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 205
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Theoretical Linguistics
    Philosophy of Language
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