Pronouns in discourse and sentence grammar

Julia Horvath, Michael Rochemont

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L. Solan has observed (see LLBA 18/3, 8404418) that the sentence John thought that Paul Drake was investigating HIM superficially violates condition C of Noam Chomsky's binding theory (Lectures on Government and Binding, Dordrecht: Foris, 1981). Solan argues that as this sentence allows a coreferential reading for John & him, there is no Logical Form representation of focus, & interpretation of focus occurs at the discourse interpretation level. Some weaknesses in Solan's argument are pointed out & an alternative explanation is proposed which accommodates apparent exceptions to condition C & the weak crossover condition. 20 References. B. Annesser Murray
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)759-766
Number of pages8
JournalLinguistic Inquiry
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1986


  • Discourse
  • Squibs and Discussion
  • Phrases
  • Nouns
  • Syntactical antecedents
  • Sentences
  • Anaphora
  • Case grammar
  • Pronouns
  • Crossovers
  • Spoken Discourse
  • Grammar
  • Medium and Register
  • The English Language
  • Syntax of Contemporary English
  • syntax
  • anaphoric pronoun
  • English language (Modern)
  • discourse
  • Linguistics
  • Syntax
  • Descriptive studies and applied theories


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