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binding theory

SYNTAX: theory on A-binding. Binding theory consists of the three conditions in (i).

(i)  A An  anaphor is  bound in its  binding domain
     B A  pronominal is  free in its binding domain
     C An  R-expression is free
Usually these conditions are conjoined with a characterization of anaphors, pronominals and R-expressions in terms of the features 'anaphor' and 'pronominal' as in (ii).
(ii) a [+anaphor, -pronominal]  =  anaphor
     b [+anaphor, +pronominal]  =   PRO
     c [-anaphor, -pronominal]  =  R-expression
     d [-anaphor, +pronominal]  =  pronominal

LIT. Chomsky, N. (1986a)
Chomsky, N. (1981)