The Anaphor Agreement Effect: further evidence against binding-as-agreement
Omer Preminger
December 2019
 

This paper is about the Anaphor Agreement Effect (AAE): the ban on phi-agreement with an anaphor. While the AAE has sometimes been taken to support a reduction of anaphoric binding to syntactic phi-feature agreement, and the latter has supported an account of the AAE in terms of derivational timing, closer inspection reveals the opposite picture. The AAE actually provides evidence against such reductionism. Furthermore, the AAE arises not because of the relative timing of binding and phi-agreement, but because the phi-features of the anaphor are (always) encapsulated within a larger anaphoric structure. Encapsulation not only renders reductionism superfluous in accounting for the AAE, but demonstrates that reductionism cannot be right, in the first place.

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keywords: agreement, phi-agreement, anaphora, binding, anaphor agreement effect, aae, encapsulation, syntax
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