Paper: On The. Syntactic-Semantic Analysis Of Bound Anaphora

ACL ID E91-1009
Title On The. Syntactic-Semantic Analysis Of Bound Anaphora
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1991

Two well-known phenomena in the area of pronoun binding are considered: Indirect binding of pronouns by indefinite NPs ("donkey sentences") and surface- syntactic constraints on binding ("weak cross-over"). A common treatment is proposed, and general consequences for the relation between syntactic and semantic processing are discussed. It is argued that syntactic and semantic analysis must interact in a complex way, rather than in a simple sequential or strict rule-to-rule fashion. 1. A SEMANTIC BINDING CONDITION: STANDARD ACCOUNT We start our considerations on the mecha- nism of pronoun binding with the ten- tative formulation of a semantic binding condition in (I): (I) ANP can bind pronouns in its scope Taken that the "scope of a NP" means the scope of the (generalized) quantifier the NP...