Contributions of the Eighth International Conference on Formal Description of Slavic Languages – FDSL VIII 2009 University of Potsdam, December 2-5, 2009
Edited By Peter Kosta and Lilia Schürcks
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IV. Syntax Binding by Phases: Principle A in Russian Andrei Antonenko* 1. Introduction The question about levels of application of binding theory principles has gener- ated a large body of literature, starting from the early days of generative gram- mar. It has been argued that binding theory must apply at levels such as LF or SS, now obsolete within the current minimalist framework. More recent propos- als claim that binding theory applies derivationally. Another question is what constitutes a local domain for Principles A and B. There are two main goals of this paper. The first major goal is to provide a minimalist account of subject ob- viation phenomenon in subjunctive clauses. The second major goal is to argue (based on Russian data) that binding principle A applies cyclically at the phase levels, and propose a revision of Phase Theory (CHOMSKY 2001) in order to be able to treat defective domains, such as embedded subjunctive clauses in Rus- sian. The organization of this paper is the following. Section 2 provides data on Russian subjunctives as opposed to indicatives, and introduces the phenomenon of obviation. In section 3 I outline the theoretical framework assumed in this pa- per. Section 4 contains an analysis of (Russian) subjunctive clauses, and pro- vides an account of obviation effects. In section 5 I argue for phasal nature of Principle A, based on the interaction of scrambling and binding from Russian indicative, subjunctive, and infinitival clauses. Section 6 concludes the paper. 2. Russian subjunctive clauses 2.1...
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