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Formalization of Grammar in Slavic Languages

Contributions of the Eighth International Conference on Formal Description of Slavic Languages – FDSL VIII 2009 University of Potsdam, December 2-5, 2009

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Edited By Peter Kosta and Lilia Schürcks

This book assembles the contributions of the Eighth European Conference on Formal Description of Slavic Languages (FDSL VIII) which took place from 2nd to 5th December 2009 at the University of Potsdam. The concern was to bring together excellent experienced but also young scholars who work in the field of formal description of Slavic languages. Besides that two workshops on typology of Slavic languages and on the structure of DP/NP in Slavic were organized.

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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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